Valdosta police, US Air Force investigating child death
Valdosta police along with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are investigating after the death of a child on Monday night.
Investigators say first responders got the call just after 7 p.m. to a home on Pasadena Way for an unresponsive child.
The child was taken to South Georgia Medical Center and later life-flighted to Gainesville, Florida, where they child later died.
“We are treating this case as we treat all death-investigations by analyzing all evidence and interviewing all pertinent persons. The department is working with the medical examiner’s offices in Florida and Georgia, along with Moody OSI, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services (DFCS)”, stated Chief Brian Childress.
“There is speculation in our community that the death of this 9-year-old male was a homicide. As the police department has said in the past, we treat all deaths seriously but at this point, this is an active investigation. What that means is until we receive all facts to include a report from the medical examiner’s office, this case status is open. Law enforcement will decide what happened to this child, not individual who want to speculate and start rumors. And we will do so only by following facts and evidence”, stated Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.