REDDING, Calif. - Officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to Mercy Medical Center on Oct. 16 regarding an 11-month-old boy who had been admitted to the hospital with seizures and appeared to have a serious head injury.
The condition of the child worsened and he was transferred to U.C. Davis Medical Center via life-flight for treatment.
The victim's condition continued to decline at U.C. Davis and he was placed on life support, and then officially declared deceased on Oct. 18.
Officers contacted the parents of the child, Brittney Marie Coffelt, 25, and Clyde Dale Coffelt, 33, both of Redding. During contact with the police, both of the parents made suspicious and inconsistent statements.
The Coffelt's second child, a 2-year-old boy, was taken into protective custody and turned over to the Shasta County Child Family Services. According to the department, the family moved to Redding from Oklahoma two days before the birth of the two-year-old.
Between the two parents, the family has a total of eight children, all of which have been taken into protective custody over a period of time spanning several years in multiple states.
In a search of the family's home at 2727 Lanning Avenue in Redding, Investigators found the apartment teeming with cockroaches and the living conditions were deplorable.
An autopsy was conducted on Oct. 23 in Sacramento County but the results pending the cause of death have not been released.
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.
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