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Johnson City police investigating ‘suspicious death’ of 11-year-old child

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department on Monday said it’s investigating the death of a child in the village.

According to police, the 11-year-old child passed away Saturday at a multi-family home at an undisclosed address.

Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge says police received the phone call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday from someone “within the residence.”

Police say they are investigating it as a “suspicious death,” as the exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

Chief Dodge says the child’s autopsy was performed on Sunday, and authorities are awaiting results to learn how the fifth-grader died.

Dodge said police can’t say if a crime occurred or not at this point. “We treat all scenes of this nature, where it’s unknown, as if it were a crime scene,” said Dodge.

New York State Police and the Broome County District Attorney’s Office are involved in the investigation. Chief Dodge said on Monday afternoon no arrests have been made.

Child Protective Services were called. “Anytime there’s an incident like this with a child we’re mandated to make a hotline report,” explained Dodge.

The child’s identity has not been released, but the Johnson City School District released the following statement:

“The Johnson City School District was saddened to learn of the death of one of their 5th grade students over the weekend.  Counselors and other supports were immediately put into place today and will remain throughout the week to be available to our students and staff.”


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