Homicide detectives investigating death of 2-year-old Portland child

Detectives investigate toddler death

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a Southeast Portland toddler.

Officers were called just before 1 p.m. Monday to the report that a 2-year-old child had stopped breathing inside a home in the 16900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

The toddler was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but could not to be revived.

Information officers learned at the scene led them to call in homicide detectives, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

"At this time the homicide detail is investigating," Burley said. "We are waiting for the Oregon State Medical Examiner to provide a cause of death. Once the cause of death is determined we will know the nature of the toddler’s death and proceed accordingly." 

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy Tuesday, Burley said, but the results may not be available for six to eight weeks.

Burley said based on information gathered by detectives, the child was healthy prior to dying on Monday. There was no history of any health problems.

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