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More details expected in death of toddler

JONESBORO — More details could be released today in Wednesday’s death of a Jonesboro toddler, said Clayton County police.

Sgt. Otis Willis III said the investigation into the death of a 2-year-old is ongoing and more information could be released soon.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Jacque Feilke said a 5-year-old sibling has been hospitalized at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, reportedly in serious condition.

Feilke said the 2-year-old’s twin and an 8-month-old sibling were examined and released from a local hospital. She said she doesn’t know the gender of any of the four.

Feilke said the children’s stepfather brought the 2-year-old to the office at the Grand Marquis Apartments on Tara Boulevard about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The child was not breathing. Paramedics were called.

“They started CPR and took the child to Southern Regional Medical Center,” said Feilke.

The child was pronounced dead at the hospital, she said.

Clayton County police officers discovered there were three other children in the apartment and they were also brought to the office. Additional medical units were dispatched to the complex.

“The 5-year-old is really sick and is being treated at Egleston,” said Feilke. “The 5-year-old is not doing well at all.”

The other two children were taken to a local hospital where they were examined and released, she said.

Feilke said the cause of the toddler’s death and older child’s illness was a mystery Wednesday.

“We were afraid we were looking at carbon monoxide poisoning so we sent in a team with sensors to check hazard levels,” she said. “But we didn’t find anything so we cleared the apartment and turned it over to the police department.”

Feilke said the fire department had few details either.

“We know he was watching the kids while the mother was out,” she said. “And we know that two of the children were sick the day before.”