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Death likely suffocation

LEESBURG -- Exactly what killed 5-month-old K'Laysha Holmes remains unknown after a Wednesday autopsy, said a Georgia Bureau of Investigation official.

"There are no preliminary autopsy results to report. We are waiting for the toxicology report," said Trebor Randle, GBI assistant agent-in-charge. "We do know there were no signs of previous physical abuse. We are looking at it as a possible suffocation."

No charges have been filed, but an investigation into possible negligence continues, Randle said.

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies found Holmes at her 139 Mayfield Drive home at about 5:30 a.m. Monday after an emergency call about a baby not breathing.

The home was full of juveniles when the deputies arrived, Randle said. She did not say how many were at the home.

The GBI was called in after "there appeared to be something going on that was unusual," said Lewis Harris, Lee county chief sheriff's deputy.

Initial reports stated that the baby was in bed with her mother, 21-year-old Nakasha Holmes, Randle said.

According to the University of Michigan's Health System Web site med.umich.edu, "small babies have been smothered by mothers who inadvertently fell asleep on top of them."

Babies from birth to the age of 6 months have the greatest risk of suffocating, the Web site stated. It recommends not allowing a baby to sleep in the parent's bed until after the baby is 6 months old.