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Death at foster home questioned

October 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Milwaukee couple are waiting for answers after their baby boy died in foster care last week, two days after being removed with three other children from their home.

"A week before he was taken from the home, we had taken him to the doctor and he was as healthy as can be," the boy's father, Robert Whitman, said Tuesday night. "Today was supposed to be his two-month checkup."

The county medical examiner's office reported Oct. 2 that the infant, Robert R. Whitman, was found dead that day in a crib at a foster home.

The report listed the cause of death as undetermined pending an autopsy.

A worker from the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare removed the couple's four children Sept. 30 because of filthy conditions in the residence and bruises on one child, the medical examiner's report said.

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