Evidence in the death of a 26-month-old boy on Jan. 21 is being examined in an ongoing investigation by the Somervell County Sheriff's Office, according to information provided by Sheriff Alan West and Chief Deputy Dwayne Griffin.
Last week, West told the Glen Rose Reporter that statements were taken at the scene of the incident, but some of the “circumstances didn’t add up,” and added, “All evidence is being processed at this time.”
A news release received Tuesday afternoon from the Sheriff’s Office via email states that investigators have questioned a “suspect” in connection with the death. Griffin indicated that as of early Tuesday afternoon, he knew of no arrests and no criminal charges filed in the case, which is still open.
The news release states that a call to 911 was received by Somervell County emergency dispatchers at 10:23 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 reporting that a 2-year-old male “had fallen and was bleeding out of the ear at County Road 313 Loop. Somervell County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the incident and emergency personnel were present upon the deputy’s arrival at approximately 10:35 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies met with individuals close to the home who led officers to the subject. Deputies observed the subject laying in front of a black four-door SUV.”
Griffin said the Sheriff's Office is not releasing the name of the deceased child, but West had confirmed that his age was 26 months.
The news release indicates that the injured child was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, and at about 12:50 a.m. (Sunday, Jan. 21), hospital personnel reported that he was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m.
The news release continued, “Investigators spoke to the suspect at 1:10 a.m. When confronted with the suspicion that the subject was inadvertently hit with a vehicle, the suspect denied the possibility, but stated that they had been drinking heavily earlier in the night. Investigators obtained consent to search the suspect and the subject’s vehicle for evidence.”
The case remains under the investigation of the Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Texas Rangers, Griffin said.
The child’s body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth.