Gilbert familiy grieves second child tragedy after 7-month-old dies

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 06:28:06-05

A Gilbert mom is speaking out after her infant daughter stopped breathing at her home Monday, saying this is their family's second child tragedy.

A Gilbert Police Department spokesperson said 7-month-old Olivia Gonzalez was airlifted from the area of Val Vista and Germann. She later died at the hospital.

Police say the mother, Stacy Lord, was at work Monday, and a relative was watching the baby.

"She was perfectly healthy, beautiful," Lord said. "She was just learning how to crawl and sit up by herself."
Lord said Olivia had fallen earlier in the day but seemed fine afterward. She said the baby was put down for her morning nap on a bed and never woke up.  
Lord said this is the second child she must bury. In 2007, her 3-year-old son, Devohn, died. She has two other children.
"I have learned, unfortunately, no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, and no matter how many protections you put on your children, horrible tragedies still happen," Lord said.
Police are investigating Olivia's case as an unexplained death. The autopsy results are pending. Lord questions whether Olivia's case will be classified as a SIDS death.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to go towards the funeral expenses and a memorial fund in Olivia's honor.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.