Police investigating death of 9-year-old boy in Valdosta

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 10, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed an autopsy on the 9-year-old boy who was found dead earlier this week.

The cause and manner of death are still pending.

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated- February 7, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department is investigating the death of a nine-year-old boy.

At 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a home on Pasadena Way and located the unresponsive child in a bedroom.

The child was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center before being airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where he was later pronounced dead.

The stepfather of the child told officers at the scene that he found his stepson passed out on the floor of the bedroom. Due to the age of the child, VPD detectives and crime scene technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory also responded to the scene.

VPD Chief Brian Childress says they are investigating the case as they would a homicide because of the child's age.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Police say an initial autopsy has been completed by a medical examiner in Florida. An additional autopsy will be conducted on Thursday at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

Because the family is active-duty military, Valdosta Police Detectives are also working with investigators with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations assigned to Moody Air Force Base.

Chief Childress says, “We are treating this case as we treat all death-investigations by analyzing all evidence and interviewing all pertinent persons. The department is working with the medical examiner’s offices in Florida and Georgia, along with Moody OSI, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services."

We've learned that the child was a third-grader at Valdosta's J.L. Lomax Elementary School. The school sent a letter to parents on Tuesday, informing them of the student's sudden passing. To read the letter, click here.

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