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Candlelight vigil for Norwalk infant to be held Friday

Zoe Greszler • Mar 28, 2018 at 7:14 PM

A candlelight vigil will be held Friday to support the family who lost their infant son unexpectedly Monday.

Mark and Vickie Barnett lost their 17-month-old son, Nolan D. Barnett, about 4:29 p.m. His father went to check on him while he was napping and found the little boy had stopped breathing. The cause of the boy’s death is still unknown, however, police said they have no reason to believe it was anything but natural causes that the boy succumbed to.

The vigil, which is being held by the family and friends, who wish to remain anonymous, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in front of the family’s Norwalk North apartment on Bouscay Avenue.

“We wanted to get the community involved,” said the woman who is organizing the event. “Getting the community there to show their support for them – that’s what they need. We want to show them we care.”

Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a candle. There will be an opportunity for any who wish to speak or share a story to show their support or the Barnetts. 

Two GoFundMe accounts have been set up for the Barnetts. One has raised $695 of a $5,000 goal, while the other raised $285 of $10,000 goal. Both can be found by searching Nolan Barnett in GoFundMe’s website search engine.

It was found the infant wasn’t breathing shortly after he laid down for a nap, Norwalk police said. Officers, the Norwalk Fire Department and North Central EMS responded to the scene.

“The assumption was that the child was choking, so Officer (Jared) Ferris tried to clear his airway,” interim police Chief Mike Conney said. “As he was doing that, fire(fighters) arrived and took over care. They started CPR right away. As soon as EMS arrived, they took him right out to the squad and transported him to Fisher-Titus, where he was pronounced dead.”

Conney added the incident is “awful” and police don’t believe any foul play was involved.

“He stopped breathing,” Conney said, referring to the baby.

“He had been snacking prior to that, but he didn’t have any kind of episode leading up to this. He had been eating, finished that and then went to his room and laid down. His dad checked on him a little while later and discovered he wasn’t breathing.

“There was nothing at this point to make us think that it was anything other than a natural cause. There was nothing at the scene to make anybody think anything different. (An) autopsy was ordered and already took place, I believe (Tuesday). The toxicology is a different thing, so that’s not complete yet. Right now there’s nothing suspicious about it.”

Conney added without all of the finished reports, it’s hard to determine a cause of death.

“I don’t even want to speculate on it,” he said.

“It’s terrible and tragic. It’s heartbreaking. It doesn’t make any sense because it doesn’t follow the natural order of things, the way they should go.”

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