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Last updated: March 16. 2013 6:19PM - 787 Views
By Matt Hughes
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SWOYERSVILLE ?? Authorities are investigating the death of an infant Friday at a home on Warsaw Street.

Sgt. David Latoski of the Swoyersville Police Department said police responded with ambulance crews at approximately 5 p.m. Friday to 245 Warsaw St.

Latoski said the 2-year-old male child was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for emergency treatment, but could not say whether the he died at home or at the hospital. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said preliminary 911 reports indicate the infant died inside the home.

Salavantis and Latoski refused to speculate about the cause of the child??s death. They said they will know more following an autopsy scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. Authorities have not released the child??s name.

Salavantis said she has assigned a detective from her office to assist in the investigation. Crime scene investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police are also assisting.

??We are investigating to see if there are any criminal allegations attached to this,? Salavantis said.
Latoski said police believe only the child and his father, Matthew Black, were home at the time of the incident.

Black did not allow police to search the house, prompting police to obtain a search warrant, Latoski said.

??We had to do a search warrant because he wouldn??t cooperate,? Latoski said. ???we weren??t in that house until well after midnight.?
Salavantis said she is ??praying for the family? of the child.

??It??s a very emotional time, dealing with a child, a 2-year-old that??s lost it??s life,? Salavantis said. ??We will do everything in our power to find out what happened and to help the family at this time as they grieve.?
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