Investigations Continue Into 5-Month-Old Boy's Death - KOAM TV 7

Investigations Continue Into 5-Month-Old Boy's Death


UPDATE:  The McDonald County coroner tells us preliminary results from the boy's autopsy show accidental positional asphyxiation, though the full autopsy report hasn't been received by the coroner.  McDonald County Sheriff Mike hall tells us this case will be reviewed upon receiving the report from the medical examiner.


Investigators are trying to determine how a 5-month-old boy died after law enforcement was called in McDonald County.  The incident happened Monday in a rural area just outside of Pineville.

Parts of this investigation are routine, but McDonald County Sheriff Mike Hall says medical staff relayed a concern to law enforcement.

Soon-to-be-mom Randy Sumler didn't know 5-month-old Brian Owens.  That doesn't matter, though.

"Every life is important.  From conception, to having the baby, to raising that baby, and then them becoming an adult.  Every moment is important," says Sumler.

Sumler and other McDonald County residents say they are in shock after hearing about Owens' death.  First responders found Owens not breathing at a home on Pleasant Ridge Road, where the McDonald County sheriff himself tried to resuscitate Owens.  

Owens was taken to Freeman Hospital in Neosho where he was pronounced dead.

"It's rough," says Sheriff Hall.

Sheriff Hall says it's usual for an autopsy in a child death investigation.  While investigators wait for the results from Owens' autopsy, Sheriff Hall won't comment on if there were any signs of trauma on the boy's body.

"There was a concern, that the hospital contact an investigator.  Wanted an investigator and DCFS to check-in on it," says Hall.

No one has been questioned or arrested by police.

"It's a small country town.  Good, home-grown people.  But, it doesn't mater where you go, you're going to have this, unfortunately," says Sumler.

Sheriff Hall is waiting for the autopsy results before commenting more on this investigation.


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