The man arrested this weekend in connection with the death of a 14-month-old Chilliwack girl Friday night has been released without charges, according to the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
Police suspect foul play in the death of the girl, and spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound announced Saturday that IHIT would be taking on the new file.
An autopsy is now being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Friday night, just after 10 p.m., the RCMP's Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment attended a home in the Promontory area of Chilliwack, where they found an infant who appeared to be in distress.
The baby was taken to hospital, but attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m. Pound said investigators from IHIT and the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP were at the home Saturday.
"Understandably, the parents are distraught about this," said Pound. "It's their only child.
"Whenever you see a victim that really doesn't have the ability to defend themselves, it's always difficult. It's difficult to see the families go through such a great loss.
"It's hard on investigators. They take it home. They have families themselves."
On Facebook, meanwhile, condolences have been flooding in for the mother of the baby since Saturday morning.
"There are no words for a time like this," wrote one woman. "They all sound lame and weak. We are so, so sorry for your loss and we sill be continuing to hold you in prayer as you grieve for your beautiful baby girl. God be with you."
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