Witnesses react to infant death investigation in central Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Authorities are investigating an infant death in Central Sioux Falls.

Officers responded to a home near N. Dakota Avenue and McClellan Street, where they found the baby unresponsive.

Witnesses say that they saw an officer perform CPR on the four-month-old baby in the street, outside the home and that the baby's face was purple at the time.

The same person says once the ambulance pulled away with the baby inside an investigator entered the home.

A person we spoke to earlier said she had been inside this home before and saw cockroaches running around.

They say that people have made multiple calls in recent months to the Department of Social Services about the situation.

DSS released a statement about the process of removing a child from a home saying, "The Division of Child Protection Services looks for placement," and added only law enforcement or the courts have the authority to remove a child.

Sioux Falls Police Department also answered the question about what protocol they take when a child is endangered.

"Anytime officers get sent to a scene where they believe that the child is endangered, whether that's the behavior of the parents, if there's heavy alcohol use, heavy drug use, no water to the house, no food in the house," Lt. Mike Colwill of the Sioux Falls Police Department, said. "Then officers have the ability to step in and take the child into temporary custody."

Authorities say that the investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time. Police say they will have more information Friday after the autopsy has been completed.