Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said he hoped the State Crime Lab would complete the autopsy Tuesday night of a 4-year-old boy who died last Friday so he could see whether to file any charges.
Rigel said the Memorial Day Holiday had slowed down work at the state level, and he was awaiting word on the child’s cause of death. The 4-year-old was found unresponsive Friday at a home on Little Black Creek Road.
“The call came in about 3 p.m. for an unresponsive child,” Rigel said. “So, they sent the first responders and lifeguards to the home. The child was taken to Forrest General Hospital, and – before he was sent to University Medical Center in Jackson – someone thought there were some physical marks that could have shown abuse. The child later died in Jackson.”
Rigel said Lamar County law enforcement is working to find out the details of the incident before the autopsy results are released.
“We are working behind the scenes and interviewing the people who were involved with the child,” he said. “It’s a complicated situation, and, hopefully, the autopsy will give us a better idea what happened.
“We’ve got a dead child and we don’t know how he died. It’s very frustrating for everyone.”
Rigel said he hoped to have the autopsy results by Wednesday.