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Warrants: Raleigh child found unresponsive on living room floor

Posted June 1, 2016 11:24 a.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2016 12:27 p.m. EDT

— According to search warrants released Wednesday, a 2-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a Raleigh home last month was found lying on the living room floor with a bloated stomach.

Authorities were first called to the home in the 5200 block of Somerset Mill Lane on May 19 in reference to an unresponsive child.

"He was playing, and then he just fell out. He's just lying 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."

When Raleigh police and EMS arrived they found the child lying on the living room floor unresponsive, according to search warrants. EMS began performing life-saving measures and noticed the child's stomach was bloated. The child was taken to WakeMed and was pronounced dead.

Someone in the home told investigators that the child was sitting on the edge of a bed in a bedroom when he fell over unresponsive.

When authorities walked through the home, they reported smelling marijuana in a back bedroom. A plastic baggy had also been torn that was indicative of packaging marijuana, according to warrants.

The child’s death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.