WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The Howell County Sheriff's Department and the Ozark Police Department are investigating the death of a 10-month-old girl on Tuesday morning. Sheriff Mike Shannon says officers were called to the hospital in West Plains about 7:45 a.m. after the girl died.
Shannon hasn't released other details about the baby's death. An autopsy in Columbia on Friday morning could tell investigators more about the girl's death. Howell County Coroner Tim Cherry says state law requires an autopsy and formal death investigation on nearly every child who dies under age 1.