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Authorities investigating after baby in foster care suffers brain injury

Authorities investigating after baby in foster care suffers brain injury

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Police are investigating how a toddler in foster care suffered a brain injury and internal bleeding last week at home in west Lincoln.

The 1-year-old boy, whom police didn't identify, remained in an Omaha hospital in critical condition, Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said on Tuesday.

Just before 11 p.m. Dec. 22, Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews were called to a home near Southwest 40th and West A streets after the boy was reportedly not breathing and in cardiac arrest, according to police and dispatch records.

A caregiver performed CPR before medics arrived and took the boy to a local hospital, Flood said.

Doctors determined the boy had retinal bleeding and brain swelling, and he was taken to Children's Hospital in Omaha for further treatment, police said.

Flood said Tuesday officers continued to examine what led to the boy's injuries.

A police report indicates the investigation is probing possible physical abuse, but as of Tuesday night, no one had been arrested, police said.

The residents of the home have been licensed foster care providers since January 2014 and have not had any disciplinary reports filed against them, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Russ Reno said.

Reno said department officials are monitoring the investigation.

"By law, we are unable to comment on the details at this time," he said.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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