Lethbridge man charged in death of 9-month-old boy

Lethbridge police have charged a 40-year-old man in connection to the death of a nine-month-old boy earlier this year.

EMS were called to a home in the 600 block of 17 Street North on April 28 for reports of a baby in medical distress. When they arrived, paramedics found nine-month-old Austin Wright in cardiac arrest. The child was rushed to hospital where he later died.

On Monday, nearly three months after he died, Wright’s death was declared a homicide.

Nine-month-old Austin Lucas Wright died in April 2016.

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    Police said Wright had been left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend while she went to work.

    “While in the man’s care the baby began crying and was subsequently assaulted sustaining extensive, life-threatening injuries,” Lethbridge police said in a news release.

    “The male initially reported to police that Austin had just stopped breathing but an autopsy determined the little boy died as a result of blunt force trauma not consistent with a fall.”

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    On Thursday, police announced Tyler Brian Hogan was charged with one count of second-degree murder. He was arrested without incident on Wednesday.