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Toddler's death remains under investigation

Posted November 18, 2008 4:35 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2009 9:44 p.m. EST

— Police on Tuesday were still awaiting the results of an autopsy of a 19-month-old baby who was found dead last Friday.

The boy, whose name hasn't been released, was found dead late Friday in a residence at 1852 Spring Drive. Police are treating the case as a suspicious death.

Neighbor Angelo Espiritusanto said he heard a woman screaming Friday night and saw police arrive.

"I thought I heard her say, 'His nose is broken. His nose is broken,'" Espiritusanto said.

The boy's body was sent to the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill to determine the cause of death.

Investigators searched the home twice over the weekend and continued to gather information through Monday. Neighbors said they saw whom they thought was the boy's mother return once with police.

No one was at the home Tuesday.

Espiritusanto said two women and three children lived in the residence. He said the incident left him shaken.

"Just hearing stuff like that with a little kid gets me upset," he said. "It has to be something real big for the cops to stay here through the weekend – four days straight."