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Death of 15-month-old boy under investigation

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 6:41 PM
By: Chris Stewart - Staff Writer

The 2016 death of a 15-month-old who died several days after he was found unresponsive while in the care of a home health worker is currently under investigation by Dayton Police, a department spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

Dayton medics and police went to 141 W. Parkwood Dr. at about 5:15 p.m. Dec. 8 following a 911 call made by a health care worker who told police it was her first day caring for the child, according to a police report.

The boy, King Alvin Brown, was breathing with the aid of a tracheotomy tube due to complications from premature birth, his grandfather Jontee Ruffin said.

The child became unresponsive after the health care worker fed Brown and put him in a crib, according to the police incident report.

Brown died after formula blocked his airway causing his heart to stop and leading to irreversible brain damage, according to death records.

According to the police incident report, the health care worker told police at the scene the child had a number of health conditions including a narrowing of the windpipe often from scar tissue, and gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder.

Medics transported the 15-month-old child to Dayton Children’s Hospital where he died Dec. 11 after the family determined to remove the child from life support, Ruffin said.

Dayton police will present the case to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in coming weeks, Dayton police spokeswoman Cara Zinski-Neace said.

This news organization’s attempts to reach the health care worker and the agency that employed her were unsuccessful in time for publication.