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Father Arrested After Infant Son Dies From Blunt Force Trauma

A McCloud man killed his baby boy last week, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. Last Tuesday a 4-month-old boy was hospitalized with what was reported as an illness. There were no obvious signs of abuse or indications of foul play until the baby died and was examined by a forensic pathologist. Trauma found during the autopsy on Friday was not consistent with illness, and contradicted information given by the parents. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. Sheriff’s detectives questioned the parents at their home in McCloud and arrested the father, 27-year-old Joshua James Proffitt. He’ll be arraigned this week for murder.