7-month-old found dead in foster home

Ty'ionna Barfield and mother (Source: JC Battle and Sons Funeral Home)
Ty'ionna Barfield and mother (Source: JC Battle and Sons Funeral Home)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) - Job and Family Services and the North College Hill Police Department are investigating the death of a 7-month-old foster child.

Brian Gregg, a spokesman with Job and Family Services tells FOX19 the Child, Ty'ionna Barfield, died in her foster home on February 18th. Police were called to the foster home just before 10 p.m. on the 18th after a report that Ty'ionna was not breathing. An officer performed CPR on the child until emergency workers got there and took over. The infant died in the home.

The child had been placed in the foster home just two weeks earlier. According to Gregg, the cause and manner of death has not been released at this time.

According to a prepared statement from Job and Family Services, Ty'ionna was placed into a Lighthouse Youth Services foster home on February 4th and was visited by a worker from Lighthouse the following day. The statement also states the child was visited four days later, then again on February 11th, and was then seen by a pediatric nurse on February 14th.

In a statement, Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services says, "We are working closely with investigators to get to the bottom of this matter as quickly as possible, for the sake of the family, the agency and this community."

Since the infant's death, the other children living in the foster home have been removed until the investigation is completed.

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