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Authorities await toxicology results in toddler’s death

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Thomas W. Gorski of Columbus, who remains under investigation in connection with the Nov. 25 death of a 19-month-old toddler, Evan Jack McCue, has been released from Bartholomew County Jail on $10,000 bond.

At this point, Gorski faces formal charges of possession of a controlled substance, reckless possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. All of those charges were filed at the county courthouse by Bartholomew County prosecutor Bill Nash this past month.

Columbus police said Wednesday that detectives assigned to the case have not yet seen a toxicology report that could shed more light on the infant’s death.

Columbus police and other agencies have been investigating since the little boy was found dead nearly six weeks ago in the mobile home his mother shared with Gorski.

Gorski, 30, had been living with the toddler’s mom, 21-year-old Rachel McCue, in the Candlelight Village mobile home park.

Columbus police and paramedics rushed to the home at 8:24 p.m. Nov. 25 after the mother dialed 911 and told authorities her son was lifeless and didn’t appear to be breathing.

The toddler was pronounced dead later that night at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Preliminary autopsy results from the Bartholomew County coroner suggested the boy died of a head injury.

All the pending charges against Gorski at this point are drug-related in connection with material found when police searched Gorski’s mobile home after the child’s death.

A probable-cause affidavit said police, while executing a search warrant at Gorski’s home, found drug paraphernalia, smoking devices, a metal marijuana grinder, rolling papers, pills, a bag of marijuana plant material and a white powder believed to be crushed hydrocodone (an active ingredient in the pain killer, Vicodin).

All the current charges carry a penalty of six months to three years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.

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