Police investigate death of toddler

Posted: July 19, 2014

The Winchester Star

People gather at the house on Dunlap Street on Friday morning where a 23-month-old boy was found unresponsive. The child’s death is being investigated.

WINCHESTER — City police are investigating the death of a toddler discovered unresponsive on Friday morning.

The boy — who would have turned 2 next month — was dead when rescue personnel arrived at the home at 609 Dunlap St., police spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said.

“First, we had a 911 hang-up,” she said. “It was from a cellphone. We were trying to determine the address [where the call was made]. Frederick County got a call. They called us [and said] CPR [was] in progress on a 2-year-old.”

Cummings said officials determined that the hang-up had come from the Dunlap Street address.

“We have detectives on the scene who are investigating,” she said.

Shortly after noon, police officers, including members of the SWAT team and a dog unit, came to the single-story home.

Yellow police tape surrounded the front yard, and an ambulance from Friendship Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company was parked in front of the house.

“We are determining whether or not [the boy’s death] is suspicious,” Cummings said.

Several adults and some children, including a few infants, gathered on and around a small porch at the side of the home shortly after the boy was pronounced dead.

At one point, a woman came out of the side door crying and was comforted by a man. The man later knelt in the grass as a little girl rubbed his back and shoulder.

Later on Friday, Cummings said, police were attempting to obtain a search warrant for the home

“We always investigate an unattended death,” she said.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy, Cummings said.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com