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Cause of death of Romulus boy, 1, still undetermined

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:14 am

ROMULUS — Nearly a month after the sudden death of a 1-year-old Romulus boy, the cause of death remains undetermined.

Joe Stevens, an investigator with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday afternoon that a preliminary investigation into the death of Dieter Tackett II is ongoing but has not revealed any criminal activity.

The county’s 911 center received a call about 2 p.m. Sept. 14 reporting that a child was not breathing at a town of Romulus home. South Seneca Ambulance and Romulus firefighters arrived to find Dieter not breathing and began rescue efforts.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Geneva General Hospital, then to the pediatric intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he died several hours later.

Stevens said a preliminary investigation did not show any evidence of physical trauma, and he dismissed an early report by a media outlet that the death was due to alcohol poisoning — that report was later retracted.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy and laboratory test results from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office. Stevens said more information will be released to the media after the investigation is complete.

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