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Answers sought in toddler's death


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The Bartholomew County coroner has yet to identify the cause of death of a 19-month-old boy, who was found dead in his mother's home Sunday night after the young woman made a "911" call for help.

"She basically said her child was not responsive, he appeared lifeless and wasn't breathing," Columbus police Lt. Matt Myers said. Authorities hadn't determined a cause of death by this afternoon, although Myers said police are investigating while they await the autopsy results.

Myers said Patrolman Toby Combest arrived at the mother's home at 8:20 p.m. Sunday night in the 2800 Lamplight Drive. The child wasn't moving.

Combest administered first aid and was followed by medics, who arrived at the home within a few minutes and also tried to revive the 19-month-old, he said. Later that evening, the 19-month-old was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead there, Myers said.

Bartholomew County Coroner Allen Smith said this afternoon that an autopsy had been conducted but he had yet to determine a cause of death.

Look for more information in Wednesday's Republic

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