MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County Sheriff's Department investigator said Wednesday that the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has "backed away" from its initial findings that a 2-year-old boy's death on May 24 was a homicide.
"We don't know why yet," Lt. Gary Harmison of the sheriff's department's Criminal Investigation Division said. "Whether they shared (the information) with (lead investigator Deputy Sgt. D.S.) McGown, I don't know. If they did, he didn't tell me."
Harmison said Wednesday that he and a few other deputies know the cause of death of Ny'eal Ezra Mills, but are not releasing the information because the investigation is ongoing. McGown is off duty this week and was not available to comment Wednesday.
Mills, of 191 Moonlight Lane, was pronounced dead at City Hospital less than 30 minutes after emergency dispatchers received a call that the child was in cardiac arrest at his home east of Martinsburg, officials have said.