Police investigate suspicious death of 2-year-old in Kyle

Hays

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Kyle police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a 2-year-old who died on July 4.

Police are considering the death suspicious, although no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. Officers are interviewing the family.

Last week police got a 911 call for medical assistance in the 300 block of Marquitos Drive. The boy was pronounced dead at the home after they arrived.

“Our officers found a child, 2 years old, that was in fact not breathing and was later pronounced deceased at that residence,” said Barnett.

Hays County Justice of the Peace Beth Smith tells KXAN she believes it wasn’t a natural death and that the child didn’t have any kind of illness or medical issues that she knows of. Smith says a preliminary autopsy report she received indicates there are “worrisome findings.”

Smith says she can’t elaborate on what that means until she receives the final autopsy, which will take between six and eight weeks.

“At the current moment there’s no medical cause, no reasonable explanation or expected explanation for the cause of death for this particular child,” said Barnett. 

Child Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins says the agency is investigating the incident and working with law enforcement. Crimmins also says there has been past CPS involvement at the home. 

“Our office of Child Safety is reviewing how prior investigations involving this family were handled. At the conclusion of our investigation into the boy’s death, we will also compile a summary of previous CPS involvement as required by law,” Crimmins tells KXAN. 

Crimmins also adds there was a 9-month-old baby girl inside the home; the little girl was removed, placed into CPS custody and is now in foster care. 

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