Baby girl dies in Grass Valley home |

Baby girl dies in Grass Valley home

Authorities are investigating Tuesday’s death of an eight-month-old at Colfax Avenue home in Grass Valley.

The infant’s death was reported around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to dispatch logs at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Grass Valley police are looking into the death, which occured at the same address where authorities carried out a methamphetamine raid last year. Police declined to discuss the investigation today.

No charges have been filed in connection with the death. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is performing the autopsy and has not yet announced a cause of death.

There are conflicting reports about the events leading up to the death.

The girl, Jasmine, had been left alone for about six hours, according to CDF logs. But the relatives have disputed this, saying the baby’s parents were at home that morning.

Her parents, Jason and Desiree Smith, were arrested at the home in June 2004 on meth charges. Desiree Smith had been seven months pregnant at the time of the arrest.

Each has since been sentenced to jail time and probation.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s The Union.

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