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Despite CPR, toddler dies in Portland apartment


STARTED ON JANUARY 7. DETECTIVES WITH THE PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY. IT HAPPENED MONDAY AFTERNOON IN THE AREA OF SOUTHEAST POWELL AND 169TH. THAT’S WHERE WE FIND OUR CHRIS HOLMSTROM. AND CHRIS, YOU SPOKE WITH THE NEIGHBORS WHO CALLED 911? CHRIS: I DID. AND THEY TELL ME SEEING THAT TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS THEY HAVE EVER HAD TO SEE. IT WAS MONDAY AFTERNOON. HE WAS WITH HIS FIANCEE AND HER BABY WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE HERE AND POUNDING ON THE DOOR. IT WAS HIS NEIGHBOR DOWN THE HALL. HE’S JUST STANDING THERE HOLDING HIS WIFE’S SON IN HIS HAND, AND IT’S LIFELESS. CHRIS: CHRIS SAYS THEY IMMEDIATELY CALLED 911. WHEN WE WERE GIVING HIM CPR, IT WAS A GARGLING SOUND, IT SOUNDED LIKE WATER OR JUICE AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING BEFORE HE WENT TO SLEEP. CHRIS: CHRIS SAYS THE TWO-YEAR-OLD WAS HOME WITH HIS MOM’S BOYFRIEND, SHE WAS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET GETTING FOOD. WHILE HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG BOY, HE TELLS ME WHAT THE NEIGHBOR TOLD HIM. THEY WERE LITERALLY JUST ASLEEP FOR 15 MINUTES. HE SAID HE WAS DRINKING HIS JUICE AND THEY WENT TO SLEEP AND THE NEXT THING, HE JUST WASN’T WAKING UP. CHRIS: HE DESCRIBES THE BOY AS PALE. I JUST WANTED THAT BOY, HIS EYES TO OPEN UP AGAIN. CHRIS: BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. A HORRIFYING THOUGHT FOR THIS MAN WHO KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE A YOUNG KID. THEY ARE GREAT PARENTS AND THIS ISN’T FAIR FOR THEM. CHRIS: THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNKNOWN. I REACHED OUT TO PORTLAND POLICE AND THEY TELL ME PART OF THE INVESTIGATION REQUIRES AN AUTOPSY BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT FOUL PLAY WAS AN ISSUE. REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTHWEST

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