Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
While investigators look for answers in the death of a father and son from Highland Park, a neighbor say Louis Rothermel had a hard time accepting that Harrison Rothermel had Down Syndrome.
Police in Highland Park are looking into the suspicious death of a 4-month-old baby boy.
On Sunday, police said Harrison House Rothermel was taken to Children's Medical by his father, 44-year-old Louis Rothermel. The baby had some bruising and possibly a broken rib, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police were called to investigate the death because of the injuries.
Child Protective Services also took custody of the baby's 4-year old brother.
On Wednesday, police said the baby's father was reported missing. He was found dead at a Dallas hotel later that same day, Dallas police say he shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
Rothermel was employed by Prescott Realty. According to the company's website he was with the company since 2005 involved in real estate management.
Co-workers called the situation tragic and called him a good friend.
On Thursday, a judge ruled the baby's 4-year-old brother could return to his family's custody.
CPS said they've been to the family's home on Belfort Place in the past. They responded in May, because the baby had suffered a head injury. A CPS spokesperson said a plan was implemented to have a relative move in and oversee the family's interactions. CPS said it was not able to determine what the cause of that injury was.
Police say it could take weeks to get the child's autopsy results. They are now working with the family to figure out how the baby died.
The attorney for Rothermel's wife, Honea, released this statement Thursday:
"Due to the fact that there is an ongoing investigation and the investigators have reached no conclusions at this time, Honea Rothermel has no comment. She respectfully requests her privacy as she and her family grieve these tragic losses."