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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A local attorney is calling on the governor to investigate the office of the chief medical examiner after a Springfield couple has been unable to get answers concerning their baby's death.

Kamina Grey and Sean McKenzie Sr. read a statement to the press Tuesday morning explaining their frustration with the lack of answers they have received over the past year about the death of their 13-month-old son Sean McKenzie Jr.

"On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Baby Sean was found unresponsive in his crib and police responded to our 911 call," said Grey. "Since that terrible day we have repeatedly asked what was baby Sean's cause of death? We have repeatedly been told that baby Sean's cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy."

Grey and McKenzie said their son had some digestive issues and that WIC stopped paying for the hypo-allergenic formula doctors had recommended. He passed away a month after he underwent a surgery that revealed he had an intestinal abnormality.

"He brought so much joy and happiness to everyone," said Grey.

The couple hired attorney Thomas John Rooke after they were unable to get answers about Sean's death on their own.

"It's very frustrating that the office of the chief medical examiner will not return phone calls, they will not explain what the delay is for," said Rooke.

Rooke said the lack of answers is unacceptable and he's now calling on the governor to investigate.

"Right now, we are focusing on obtaining a copy of that report and I believe by calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a commission to investigate the office of the chief medical examiner maybe there are some underlying problems that need to be addressed."

Rooke plans to send a letter to the governor in the coming days asking for him to appoint that independent commission.

Terrel Harris the communications director for the executive office of public safety and security had this to say in response to the couple's request:

"The 13-month-old was found unresponsive, in a queen-size bed and died on March 25, 2012. An autopsy was performed in the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on March 26, 2012. The cause and manner of death was listed as pending because the medical examiner needed additional studies conducted. Cases that involve infants, as a rule, take considerably longer to complete because they tend to be more complicated. In this case, the medical examiner was awaiting results of additional testing including a neuropathology consultation.  That consultation was completed by an outside neuropathologist  (not a neuropathologist on the OCME staff) and the report sent to the medical examiner in Holyoke in mid-February. Unfortunately, in this case, the cause of death has not been readily apparent despite the additional studies. The Holyoke Medical Examiner will consult today with the Chief Medical Examiner with the intention, not promise, of finalizing the case soon."

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