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Police: Raleigh child's death ruled a homicide

Posted May 20, 2016
Updated May 21, 2016

— Police said Saturday that the death of a 2-year-old boy in a northeast Raleigh home has been ruled a homicide.

Neighbors said police have been at the home in the 5200 block of Somerset Mill Lane, off Fox Road south of Spring Forest Road, since Thursday afternoon.

Police said they responded to a call about an unresponsive child at about 2 p.m. Thursday.

"He was playing, and they he just fell out. He's just laying there, not moving," a woman told a 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher asked if he fell down or passed out, and the woman responded, "He was just eating a little chips and had his drink and put it down, and it's like he just passed out."

"It don't look like he's breathing," a man is heard saying during the 911 call.

The boy was taken to WakeMed but couldn't be revived, police said.

The cause of death hasn't been determined, and police were still collecting evidence from the home on Friday.

Neighbors said the family rented the house.

"I've never had any problems with them," said Pernell Judge, who lives down the street. "(It's) usually a lot of family sitting outside talking. ... I'm kind of confused about what happened. I feel really bad about it."

Police have responded to the home three other times since the beginning of last year: to serve a warrant, for a drug violation and for a domestic disturbance, according to records. It's unclear if the same family was involved in those cases.

Officials said Saturday that an investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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  • Janet Ghumri May 20, 2016
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    Poor little one. I really hope that it wasn't abuse, we've had too much of that already. Rest easy small one.