FOLSOM, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston has reclassified the death of a boy who died in January 2016 at 4 months old from "natural" to "undetermined." The review of the case came after Tanner Nauck's father was arrested last week for the murder of 7-month-old Carter Nauck, age 7 months, who died of blunt force trauma.
Corey Nauck, 25, the father of both boys, faces first-degree murder in the death of Carter.
"We completed the review of the case, including consultation with the pathologist who performed the autopsy on Tanner Nauck more than two years ago," Preston said. "The reclassification is undetermined for both cause and manner of death. I spoke with the boys' mother, Melissa Nauck, and made her aware of the reclassification."
Tanner Nauck died on Jan. 4, 2016. An autopsy showed severe congenital heart disease and no obvious signs of trauma.
"I would stress that there is no particular red flag after reviewing the case, but given the additional information regarding Carter's death, we are looking at Tanner's death through a different lens," Preston said. "The mechanism to change a death certificate involves writing a letter to the state. That letter is now in the mail."
Because the death of Carter Nauck last week is a homicide, Preston would not comment further on either case.