BSO Investigating Death of 2-Year-Old Boy

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in Oakland Park

Homicide detectives continued to investigate the death of a 2-year-old boy in Oakland Park.

The boy had been taken to Florida Medical Center by his mother after he became unresponsive at their home in the 2700 block of Northwest 44th Street early Thursday morning, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

According to detectives, the boy was with an uncle in the hours before he was found unresponsive.

BSO received a call just before 1:30 a.m. that the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Homicide and crime scene detectives are at the family's home conducting a death investigation, the BSO said. No other information was immediately known.

For neighbors of the family, the news was shocking.

"It's crazy because I have a daughter myself and she is two and I couldn't imagine how the family would feel and how it happened," said Carmel Merisier.

"Horrible. Horrible. I was mortified because my ex came here a few minutes ago becuase we all care about our grandchild," said concerned mother Judy Miller. "I was really feeling down. I don't know what happend, what took place, whatever it is, people need to be more visible with their children."

Miller said she believes the death may have been preventable.

"The other day there was an accident in the apartment across from wehre I am where the child fell out of the window," Miller said. "I don't know what the problem is with people and their children."

The Florida Department of Children and Families said ther had been prior contact with the home after they received abuse allegations through the Florida Abuse Hotline.

However, the first investigation was closed with no indicators of inadequate supervision and the second investigation was closed and not substantiated for inadequate supervision.

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