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Police are probing 'suspicious' death of 2-year-old

May 25, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Police were investigating as "suspicious" the Thursday morning death of a 2-year-old boy in Berkeley County, Sheriff W. Randy Smith said.

Police were dispatched to 191 Moonlight Lane in a subdivision off W.Va. 45 about 11 a.m. for a reported cardiac arrest. Emergency crews were unable to revive the child, who was pronounced dead at 11:28 a.m. at City Hospital, Berkeley County Medical Examiner Sandra Brining said.

The body was sent to Charleston, W.Va., for an autopsy at the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A cause and manner of death were not known Thursday.

"We have to wait to see what the autopsy says," Smith said.

Sgt. D.S. McGown and Smith said the child had no medical history consistent with cardiac arrest.

The child's grandmother said her only grandchild was special, and she cried for her daughter, who appeared to be in shock while gathered with family and friends in vehicles parked along Moonlight Lane and in the driveway.

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"He was the typical 2-year-old," the grandmother said as tears trickled down her face. "He would squirt you if you were washing the car."

She said the boy was the youngest usher at their church.

"He loved to usher, always talked about Jesus," she said. "He was good boy, a very good boy ... (Now) he is with somebody more powerful than us."

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