- Chance Ford was found unconscious in a living room
- Neighbours tried to revive him but couldn’t
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Homicide police are investigating the mysterious death of a two-month-old boy at a suburban home.
Chance Ford was found unresponsive at a property on Swamp Gum Place at Alfredton, west of Ballarat, after 9pm on Saturday.
Neighbours went to investigate after they heard screaming coming from the home and walked inside to find the lifeless baby on the living room floor.
One neighbour heard the family’s older children playing outside prior to the incident, followed by screaming when the infant became unresponsive.
She saw the parents leave the home in a state of distress, so she went inside to help and found the little boy lying on the living room floor.
‘I went to investigate and the little boy was just lying on the floor of the lounge room,’ she told The Courier.
Chance Ford was found unresponsive at a property on Swamp Gum Place at Alfredton, west of Ballarat (scene pictured)
‘The neighbour was helping trying to resuscitate him but unfortunately the paramedics came and were not able to get him back.’
Emergency services arrived and took over but the infant died on the scene.
Family friend, Angela Walker, told 7 News: ‘The mum was just screaming that something had happened, and just crying and yelling.’
‘It was pretty confronting, his dad was out the front pretty upset.’
‘I’m not sure where his mum was but I imagine she was pretty upset, wherever she was.’
Chance’s family had only lived at the home for about a year before the tragedy.
Other neighbours said a woman started knocking on doors asking for help at about 9pm.
One man told Daily Mail Australia she knocked on his door saying she had a fight with her boyfriend.
‘She had no shoes, no phone, no bag, jeans and a shirt and didn’t appear to have her wallet,’ he said.
Police are investigating the death of a two-month-old baby at a home in Alfredton, west of Ballarat, about 9pm on Saturday night (pictured, police at the scene)
‘She seemed scared and wanted to know if she could use my phone, and I didn’t really want to give her my phone, so I said I’d call her a taxi.’
He gave her a glass of water and ordered her a taxi to nearby Soldier’s Hill, and said the woman sat on the couch and didn’t say much.
The taxi arrived about ten minutes later and he called the police.
Police arrived to collect his statement at about 11.30pm and said they wanted to speak with her in relation to a homicide investigation.
There is no suggestion the woman had anything to do with Chance’s death.
Chance’s parents are cooperating with police and no arrests have been made.
Police are waiting for the results of a post-mortem to determine how the little boy died.