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Preliminary Autopsy Results Indicate No Signs Of Trauma In Fayette Children's Deaths

Reported: Mar. 12, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
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HILLTOP, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, AP) -- Preliminary autopsy results have been completed on two children who died after they were found unresponsive in Fayette County, and there is no sign that the children suffered from any trauma, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

Suffocation and strangulation have been tentatively eliminated as possible causes of death, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Autopsies were performed on the two deceased infants at the chief medical examiner’s office Wednesday morning.

"A final determination of the cause and manner of death cannot be made until toxicology tests have been completed," Kessler said. "Basically, the laboratory will be testing samples of hair, blood and urine in an effort to determine if these infants ingested or were exposed to any toxic substances - drugs, poison or something else - that caused their deaths."

The victims were a 1-year-old girl and her 3-month-old brother. He says the mother found both children unconscious and not breathing Tuesday morning after she awoke in a mobile home in the Hilltop area of Fayette County.

Deputies called to the home performed CPR until an emergency crew arrived. The children were pronounced dead at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. Their bodies were sent to the state medical examiner.

The children's 4-year-old brother was taken to the hospital for observation but is expected to be OK.

AP contributed to this story



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