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10-year-old's death not suspicious, police say

Posted April 22, 2009

— Rocky Mount police say a 10-year-old boy who died Monday morning was not the victim of an assault.

Police said they were looking at whether the child's death was suspicious. Officers received a report Saturday afternoon of an alleged assault.

The boy, identified Wednesday as Daekwon Brodie, was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital, where he died.

"Subsequent investigation has determined that no assault had occurred; therefore, no further investigation of this matter is warranted," the police department said in a statement.

The department declined to comment further on the case.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 24, 2009

    fl2nc2ca2md2nc said, "God did not kill this child, cancer did..."

    Really? So, who (in your mind) created cancer and its ability to kill humans?

    And, if this child had lived, who would you have credited as "saving" this child. You can't have it both ways. Your god is either powerful and caring or weak and apathetic. So, s/he either chose not to help this child or couldn't. Either way...not worthy of worship.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Apr 23, 2009

    hereandnow99, why don't you quit trying to make people believe like you do? God did not kill this child, cancer did...

    Prayers going out to the family. Our neighbors also lost a child to leukemia about ten years ago, it is extremely sad.

  • LOC Apr 23, 2009

    Sad May his soul rip peace.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 23, 2009

    It's a tragedy that this child died. Modern science & medicine may have been able to help this child, if only the parents knew what was going on. But, why...oh why...is everyone praying to a god that they think actually killed this 10 y.o. with cancer? Instead, how about actually DOING something, like helping these people? http://www.leukemiafoundation.org/

    "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray." -- Colonel Robert Ingersoll

  • xchief661 Apr 22, 2009

    Im so sorry for this family!

  • luvmyjackrascal Apr 22, 2009

    It is sad that our minds immediately go to the death of a child being caused by their caregivers

    That is very true - just like when a woman is killed, the first one suspected is the husband. To lose your child (or spouse), then be put through that is almost more than one person can handle.

  • raggy831 Apr 22, 2009

    prayers to the family and to his school friends, I hope that I never lose my child.

  • grandmadof8 Apr 22, 2009

    Keeping the family in my prayers!

  • cocker_mom Apr 22, 2009

    How terrible to lose a child, and then to be under a cloud of suspicion. It is sad that our minds immediately go to the death of a child being caused by their caregivers - that's an ugly precedent that has been set.

    Prayers for the family.

  • twc Apr 22, 2009

    My guess would be that the report was unfounded and that the actual cause of death may not be of public concern. Also known as privacy. To which his family may be entitled.