Cause of infant triplet's death undetermined


Just over four months after his birth, the youngest of a celebrated set of triplets was laid to rest yesterday, the cause of his death still undetermined.

Tyler Elijah Williams was the third child born to Richard and Crystal Williams on Feb. 1 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The births thrust the couple into the national spotlight, because they had had another set of triplets 20 months before, on April 17, 1998.

Tyler, whose birth weight was 3 pounds, 13.5 ounces, was the smallest of the February triplets. He was found dead in his crib at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the family's home in the 400 block of S. Augusta Ave. in Southwest Baltimore.

Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma. The medical examiner's office has not yet reported the results of an autopsy.

Tyler's funeral took place yesterday at Howell Funeral Home in West Baltimore. In addition to his parents, Tyler is survived by the other two February triplets, Tyree and Ariel, and by the older triplets, Richard Jr., Imam and Erin.

His death was one of two unexplained infant deaths Thursday morning. The other was that of 2-month-old Erik Robinson, who was found unresponsive in his crib in the 4900 block of Eastern Ave. about 7:30 a.m.

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