Autopsy: Bryan Infant Dies of Accidental Suffocation

A 3-month-old boy who died while in the care of a Bryan in-home day care died of suffocation, according to autopsy results released Friday.

The Travis County Medical Examiner found that Nathan Michael King's death was accidental.

On November 17, 2008, Nathan stopped breathing at a home in the 4700 block of Tiffany Park Circle in Bryan.

The infant was taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead.

His parents, Brad and Laura King, believe their son suffered Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.

The case is still under investigation. Bryan police have turned it over to the Brazos County District Attorney's Office for further review.

Since Nathan's death, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services revoked the day care's permit and ordered it to close.

Among other deficiencies, state investigators said the caregiver did not use good judgment when she placed the infant on his stomach and left him unsupervised.

The day care has requested an administrative review.

The King's don't blame Nathan's caretaker, and instead want to remember his life, no matter how short it was.

The nursery at the couple's Bryan home remains untouched, including the pajamas worn for the last time.

"We just played and bounced around and tossed around," recalled Brad King.

"He was just always happy, always smiling, always laughing," added Laura King.

Nathan was even happy on the morning of November 17th, when Laura took her son to day care.

"The last memory I want of Nathan was when I dropped him off that morning and I kissed him like I always did, and told him mommy loves him," Laura remembered.

That afternoon, Nathan stopped breathing after his caregiver placed him on a foam pad on his stomach, police said.

"He was comfy on it and ended up falling asleep and just never woke up," said Laura.

"In a SIDS-related death, they're not getting enough oxygen. In reality, that is suffocation. It doesn't mean something is in front of their face or something is preventing them from breathing," she explained.

Even in their grief, the King's don't blame Nathan's caretaker.

"She cared for him and she loved him. She didn't do anything to harm him," Laura said.

"As parents, you think that you loved him more than anybody, but she sure came close," her husband added.

"We all have a day and a time set in stone long before we're here, and that was his day and time. God wasn't going to give us anymore than we can physically handle," Brad said.

Nathan King lived just 104 days, but the impact he left behind will last a lifetime.

"If we can tell it (Nathan's story) one time and someone does something different and it saves a life, that's the meaning, that was God's plan," Brad said.

The King's are working on starting a SIDS foundation in the Brazos Valley, hoping to raise awareness about the condition.


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