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UPDATE: New Matamoras man cleared of wrongdoing in baby's death

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Published: May. 22, 2018 at 2:07 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 7/25/18 2:15 P.M.

A New Matamoras man questioned by authorities in May following the death of his baby has been cleared of wrongdoing after authorities ruled the death accidental.

Joshua Lewis, 34, was taken into custody on unrelated charges and questioned after barricading himself inside his apartment on Williamson Avenue.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Wednesday that investigators have determined that the 5-month-old baby died of accidental asphyxiation resulting from co-sleeping.

Lewis called paramedics to his apartment in May saying his baby was in distress.

The baby’s mother accompanied paramedics to Marietta Memorial Hospital where the child was pronounced dead.

Lewis stayed behind and barricaded himself inside the apartment before authorities arrived. He eventually came out of the apartment on his own after negotiations with authorities. He was taken into custody on unrelated warrants.

He remains in the Washington County Jail awaiting transfer to the Star Community Justice Center in Nelsonville, Ohio, after pleading guilty to violating the terms of his community control.


UPDATE: 05/22/18 4:05 P.M.

A man who barricaded himself inside his apartment in New Matamoras Tuesday afternoon is being held for questioning in the death of his 5-month-old child, though authorities say they're still investigating whether a crime occurred.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, the incident began about 11:40 a.m. when Joshua R. Lewis, 34, called paramedics to his apartment on Williamson Avenue saying his child was in distress.

Paramedics responded to the apartment on Williamson Avenue and took the child to Marietta Memorial Hospital, where Mincks says it was pronounced dead.

Mincks says the cause of death hasn’t been determined and stressed that deputies are still investigating to determine how the baby died.

Mincks say the baby’s mother went to the hospital with the child and Lewis remained at the apartment, barricading himself inside when deputies arrived at the scene.

At the time of the incident, Mincks says Lewis was wanted on unrelated warrants for allegedly violating a temporary protective order and for failure to appear in court.

He was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. after coming out of the apartment on his own after negotiations with authorities.


UPDATE: 5/22/18 2:25 P.M.

An apparent barricade situation at a New Matamoras apartment has ended peacefully.

Our reporter at the scene says the suspect came out of the apartment and was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, about an an hour-and-a-half after the situation began.

Authorities haven't released details of what led to the incident.

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Authorities in Washington County are currently at the scene of a barricade situation at an apartment in New Matamoras.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says the situation began about 1 p.m. after deputies responded to an apartment on Williamson Avenue.

He says deputies have a warrant for the suspect, but the situation began because of another incident allegedly involving the suspect.

Mincks says a negotiator is at the scene.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is assisting deputies.

No other details are available.

We have reporter headed to the scene. We'll have details online and during our evening newscasts as information becomes available.