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Details of child death expected later this week

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Authorities state they expect to release more information this week regarding the recent death of a 3-year-old boy in Vader, while most details remain undisclosed at this time.

The child had been the subject of a 911 call the evening of Oct. 5 on the 400 block of Main St. when it was reported he had stopped breathing and, though efforts were made by reporting parties and emergency personnel to revive him, he was later pronounced dead.

Representatives of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office have characterized the death as "suspicious," and, though an autopsy was performed by the Lewis County Coroner's Office on Oct. 8, they have yet to report a cause of death and are awaiting the results of a blood toxicology test, which may take as long as 10 weeks to receive.

On Monday morning, Sheriff's Commander Steve Aust told Town Crier he and other staff members had been briefed earlier that day on the investigation and were continuing to explore "several different angles," stating a number of central questions remain unanswered.

He added his office was not yet able to comment on any possible suspects or areas of investigation, but he does expect additional information will be made public in the coming days.

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