Colonial Heights Police investigating death of 1-year-old child

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Colonial Heights tell 8News they are actively investigating the death of a toddler.

Police launched a death investigation Tuesday afternoon after they responded to a home in the 100 block of Moore Avenue near Boulevard. Few details have been released other than officers arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. and found a deceased 1-year-old boy. A cause of death has not been determined.

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8News spoke with several family members on scene; many of them weren’t sure what had happened. Our crews also observed investigators exiting the home carrying brown evidence bags.

Neighbors say after seeing all of the commotion, they knew something was wrong.

“There was cop cars and ambulances backed all the way down the street and unmarked cars and dozens of people outside, you kind of look out the window and peak to see what is happening,” said Audra Dehart, a neighbor who saw all of the first responders.

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Police said one family member had to be transported to a local hospital after becoming overcome with grief.

Dehart says she will be hugging her young child extra tight.

“You dont know what happened or why, but there is a baby that is not with us anymore and it just makes you want to cry and love your own little ones a little bit more,” DeHart said.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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