Chattanooga family disputes police report, desperate to know cause of newborn's death
A Chattanooga family says they can't move past the tragic death of a 4-week-old baby.
Olivia Dunton died on March 4th. That same day her father, Ivan Dunton, was charged with her murder.
According to the police report, Ivan Dunton first told officers he accidentally knocked the newborn's carseat down a flight of stairs.
Later, after hours of questioning, police report that his story changed. Officers say Dunton admitted to shaking his child to death.
The admission shocked and confused family members, including Ivan's mother, Elenor Pattmon, and the child's godmother, Carmitta Flanagan. They do not believe the father of two would shake his newborn to death.
Carmitta says she tried to resuscitate Olivia before she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Almost two months later, it's still not clear for this family, how the four weeks old died.
Carmitta says, "I'm just wondering why it's taking so long for them to tell us what happened, to tell us the cause of the death."
We took the family's questions to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office and asked them for a preliminary autopsy report in the case of baby Olivia.
The report is a public document under Tennessee law. However, they would not release a copy of the report.
An office clerk said a copy of the report has already been given to the police department and the district attorney.
We filed a request with the Tennessee Department of Health.
Late Monday afternoon, the Hamilton County Medical Examiner says they may be able to release the report as soon as Tuesday, and the family will soon know how baby Olivia died.