Lincoln police aren't yet releasing the name of the baby in foster care who died Tuesday, but they did say the foster mother was the only other adult in the southwest Lincoln home when the baby stopped breathing.

Lancaster County Assessor's website shows that the home listed in police reports is owned by Catherine and Bruce Benoist.

And Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Russ Reno confirmed the couple are licensed foster parents. 

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Thursday the foster mother was the only other adult in the home when she called 911 to say the 14-month-old boy was in cardiac distress. 

Authorities still are trying to determine what happened before the call from 3631 W. Plum St.

An autopsy on the baby was done Wednesday. Thursday morning, Bliemeister said the results are pending further analysis and declined to give more information.

Earlier this week, police said the preliminary investigation indicated the baby suffered a brain injury and internal bleeding. Bliemeister said further testing will be done to determine his cause of death.

No arrests have been made, the chief said.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue was called to the home just before 11 p.m. on Dec. 22, according to police and dispatch records.

Catherine Benoist performed CPR before medics arrived and took the baby to a local hospital, according to records.

The Benoists have been licensed foster care providers since January 2014 and have cared for nine state wards since then, Reno said. No disciplinary reports have been filed against them, he said.

No evidence of abuse was found in an examination of the baby's 2-year-old sister, who also lived in the foster home, police have said. The girl has been placed elsewhere.

The siblings were among 3,516 state wards placed outside of their homes in Nebraska as of Dec. 5, according to HHS.

In the past three years, 11 children in foster care died -- none at the hands of foster caregivers, said Reno.

Of those, four had known medical conditions that resulted in their deaths, four entered foster care with existing serious injuries, two were medically fragile when they became state wards and one died of SIDS, Reno said.

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