A 6-month-old baby bled to death after he was circumcised by a Miami pediatrician, and medical examiners are trying to determine what went wrong.

"This is certainly weird, unusual," said Charles Wetli, Dade County's deputy chief medical examiner.Louise Manker took her son Demetrius to Dr. Robert D. Young's office to be circumcised Monday. Young said the circumcision had gone well.

After Manker took the baby home, she saw he was bleeding from the incision. She called the doctor several times and a hospital once, according to her attorney, Patrick Cordero.

On Wednesday, Louise Manker's sister was baby-sitting Demetrius and grew so alarmed by his continued bleeding that she called paramedics, Cordero said.

The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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The autopsy revealed a seemingly normal circumcision, he said. Authorities were still trying to determine whether the baby suffered some rare disease that prevented his blood from coagulating.

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