Portales infant’s death declared suspicious

By Freedom Newspapers

Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious.

Hooker said his office is still awaiting the cause of death and autopsy findings from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Kyler Willis was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital after EMTs from the Portales Fire Department were dispatched to 109 E. Sixth St. in Portales for a report of an unresponsive child around 1 p.m. Sept. 5, according to call logs. Willis was transferred to Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, where she died Thursday, Hooker said.

Hooker would not comment on Willis’ condition when EMTs found her.

Hooker said the Sixth Street address where EMTs responded was a babysitter’s residence. He said another address outside Portales city limits is part of the investigation.

Hooker said the baby’s parents are Rebecca King and Jim Willis of Roosevelt County. A phone listing for Rebecca King on N.M. 88 had been disconnected. No listing for Willis was found.

Services for the baby are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

“As the death of an infant is always tragic, investigators are not prepared to take any premature action until all avenues of the investigation are complete,” Hooker said. “The investigators have been working long, hard days and nights in reference to this very tragic event.”

Phone calls to OMI were not returned Tuesday.