The Marion County District Attorney’s Office is choosing not to proceed with charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old Friday.
Salem Police originally announced the arrest of a 29-year-old father and a 25-year-old woman Saturday. Police said the two faced possible charges for alleged criminal mistreatment in the first degree.
On Monday, the District Attorney’s Office said it is not moving forward with the charges “at this time.” The office wouldn’t comment further about why or if the office was still planning to prosecute the case.
“The only thing I can say is that the investigation is ongoing,” Deputy District Attorney Brendan Murphy wrote in an email to the Statesman Journal.
Police have said emergency personnel responded to a call just before 9 a.m. Friday at the 600 block of 18th Street SE for an unresponsive child. The child was taken to Salem Health and died at the hospital, according to officials. Police added at the time that the Salem Police Special Victims Unit was handling the case as a suspicious death investigation.
The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy, police said. No further information was released.