Omaha police say the death last week of a 3-month-old boy doesn’t appear suspicious, but the conditions in which he was living led authorities to remove two other children from the home.
Micheal G. Eddy died June 24 at a home near 128th Avenue and A Street. His 18-year-old mother, McKayla Nienaber, told investigators that Micheal had been sleeping upright in a car seat. She saw that he wasn’t breathing and called 911 about 1:45 p.m.
The baby was dead when officers arrived. A police report put the time of Micheal’s death at between 11:30 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. A pathologist conducted an autopsy the next day.
Police said Monday that the baby most likely died of natural causes.
Officers described a urine smell in the home. Trash, including food waste and dirty diapers, was found on the floors, according to an affidavit by a police officer seeking to remove the two other children living there.
“In the basement was an empty plastic baby formula container being used as a bathroom (the container was full of urine),” the officer wrote in the affidavit.
Officers also found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in a purse in a downstairs bedroom and said there was little food in the kitchen, according to the affidavit.
Living in the home were Micheal, Nienaber, Micheal’s father, another child of Nienaber’s and a third child. No criminal charges had been filed. Child Protective Services is involved in the case, said Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman.
World-Herald staff writer Maggie O’Brien contributed to this report.