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Suspect to be held in toddler death investigation

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Thomas W. Gorski, 30, a suspect in the death of toddler Evan Jack McCue, who died Sunday of an apparent head injury, will be held in jail until at least next Wednesday morning based on a judge's order signed early today.

At 8:10 a.m. today, Bartholomew County Circuit Court Judge Stephen R. Heimann agreed to a motion by Prosecuting Attorney Bill Nash to place an additional 72-hour hold on Gorski, who was arrested two days ago on a preliminary charge of child neglect leading to a death.

Police made the felony arrest at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday after investigators said an autopsy indicated a head injury caused 19-month-old Evan McCue's death over the weekend.

The little boy was pronounced dead at Columbus Regional Hospital Sunday night after his mother, 21-year-old Rachel McCue, called 911 and reported her son wasn't breathing.

Gorski, described by police as Rachel McCue's boyfriend, was in the home at the time of the toddler's death, police said.

A 72-hour hold, which doesn't count weekend hours, means Gorski will stay in the Bartholomew County Jail until at least Wednesday morning while the prosecuting attorney considers formal charges.

Heimann signed the new "hold order" at 8:10 a.m. today, a little less than one hour before Gorski would have been free to leave jail unless the prosecuting attorney's office filed a probable cause affidavit to formally accuse him of a crime.

Earlier this week, Columbus police said an extended hold on Gorski could be necessary to allow them to probe further into the complex case.

Look for more in tomorrow's Republic.

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