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Police say 2-month-old dies after being removed from life support

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro police say 2-month-old Isaac Lopez died Tuesday night at Kosair Children's Hospital. The attorney for the child's mother also confirmed the death. It occurred a few hours after a Jefferson County circuit judge ruled Norton Healthcare could remove the child from life support machines. Norton and attorneys for the child and his mother had argued the dispute in court for about two weeks.

The baby's father, Alex Rosales, is now expected to be charged with murder. Police said they awaited further consultation with the commonwealth's attorney's office on their next legal move.

According to police, Alex Lopez Rosales, along with the child's mother, brought 2-month-old Isaac Lopez to a Norton Immediate Care Center with life-threatening injuries on June 29.

Police said Rosales hit his son's head against a bathtub and fractured his skull. He was arrested for criminal abuse and pleaded not guilty in an initial court hearing.

While Rosales has been behind bars, the baby's mother had held out hope her son would survive. She went to court to keep the hospital from removing the life support from her son. Court records show four doctors had declared the child brain dead as early as July 2.

"I'm sure she was hoping things would change, that he would get better, and I'm sure she still maintains that hope," said Leslie Bates, the attorney representing Isaac's mother.

"It's disappointing that the court's order at this point in time in these proceedings, once acted upon, is ultimately going to, in all probability, result in Isaac's demise," he told WDRB before Isaac's death.

Norton had argued because baby Isaac was brain dead, he should no longer have been kept on life-support machines to maintain his breathing and other bodily functions.

Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled in favor of Norton Tuesday. The case raised questions of parental rights to decide medical treatment for their children.

"As Kosair and these physicians point out, there are no (judge's emphasis) treatment decisions for Issac's parents or anyone to make. His condition is irreversible. That will never change," McDonald-Burkman wrote in her ruling.

"Isaac Lopez is legally dead," the judge continued. "Norton Healthcare... shall have no legal obligation to artificially maintain respiration, circulation or to render any other medical interventions or treatment to Isaac Lopez."

Norton released this statement after the ruling but before the child's death:

"We acknowledge the court's ruling but no one has prevailed in this matter. The death of an innocent child under any circumstance is a tragedy. We can now give Isaac dignity he deserves at the end of his young life by allowing his body to pass naturally."

"I've not spoken to the family about the father and the facts and circumstances of how Isaac came to end up at Kosair, those will be sorted out in the future," Bates said.

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