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Death of Spring Lake toddler investigated

Posted June 11, 2012

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— Cumberland County deputies said Monday that they are investigating the death of a 16-month old Spring Lake boy.

The toddler’s body was found inside a home at 2716 Edwards Ave., Spring Lake at about 9:30 a.m. The initial dispatch call indicated a child was found unconscious in a bathtub and wasn't breathing, but authorities wouldn't confirm that information, saying only that a child was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, authorities said.

A deputy said an adult was home at the time, but he didn't say whether the person was the boy's parent.

No other details have been released.


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  • smalldogsrule Jun 11, 2012

    Spring Lake PD has NOT lost their powers again, the area that the death occured in is OUTSIDE the city limits andtherefore under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office.

  • Sherlock Jun 11, 2012

    I though that SLPD was investing these crime, have they lost the powers again?

  • jmf1073 3.0 Jun 11, 2012

    Sounds like murder to me.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 11, 2012

    oh, this is so sad...I too hope that it was accidental...

  • Scubagirl Jun 11, 2012

    Very sad. I DO hope this turns out to be accidental.

  • LTAMOM Jun 11, 2012

    Who in their right mind would leave a 16 month old CHILD in the bath tub by himself???? So sad!

  • halfpint1552 Jun 11, 2012

    So sad...makes me just want to hold my 15 month old.