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Medical examiner determines Beaverton infant's cause of death

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A state medical examiner lists the cause of death of a Beaverton infant killed last week as "asphyxia due to smothering and/or compression."

The Oregon Medical Examiner's Office said 7-week-old Aden Myers' death has been ruled a homicide. The boy's father, Robert Myers, is being held in connection with the death.

Last week, Beaverton police officers responded to a report that the baby wasn't breathing at King's Court Apartments.

Robert Myers first told police he had accidentally fallen asleep on the sofa next to his young son. Detectives later re-interviewed Robert Myers and they said he made statements that led them to arrest him on a charge of murder in connection with the death of his child.

"After that interview the detective determined the injuries the child sustained earlier in the day were not accidental," said Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding in a news conference last week.

Police said staff at Doernbecher Hospital at OHSU found a broken bone in the baby's chest that appeared to be in the healing process.

Daniel Myers, Robert Myers' father, said his son "accepted responsibility."

"After 12 hours this was hard but he's taken responsibility for this and he's broken up about it," said Daniel Myers.

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