Crime & Courts

Baby found at a Charlotte hotel dies at hospital, police say

A 1-year-old baby died at a hospital after police said they found the child in need of medical attention at a Best Western hotel Tuesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

A police press release had no details on a suspected cause of death, but said officers were looking for witnesses in the area of the Best Western Sterling Hotel & Suites, in the 200 block of East Woodlawn Road.

Medic took the baby to Carolinas Medical Center, where the child was pronounced dead, according to CMPD.

Guests on the third floor heard crying outside of their rooms and then saw police rushing to the scene, Observer news partner WBTV reported.

Anyone with information should call police at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.