Crime

Death of 1-year-old boy under investigation, but DCF not releasing many details

The death of a 1-year-old boy who was found unresponsive while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend in now under investigation.

On Aug. 25, the infant was pronounced dead at a hospital four days after being brought in for treatment, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The department will not release the boy’s name, citing confidentiality laws.

Meanwhile two investigations are now underway.

“The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Division has an open child death investigation into this tragic case,” DCF spokeswoman Jessica Sims said. “MCSO is also handling the criminal investigation.”

In Manatee County, the sheriff’s office’s Child Protective Investigations Division investigates all child welfare case for DCF.

The sheriff’s office, however, has not released any information and could not confirm that an investigation is underway, or any details.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating loss of this child, and we stand ready to assist MCSO in their investigations to hold anyone responsible fully accountable,” Sims said. “We are unable to release further details of this case at this time per section 39.202, Florida Statutes.”

There was never any prior involvement with the boy and child protective investigators, according to DCF.

“Any other children in the home are in the care of relatives,” Sims told the Herald.

The department will not release additional details pending the outcome of sheriff’s office child death investigation, she added.

Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012

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