Major crime probe after Tasmania sleepover death

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Major crime probe after Tasmania sleepover death

June 30, 2009 09:27am

Child dies at sleepover party
Four children taken into protective custody
Police launch major crime investigation

THE mystery death of a four-year-old Tasmanian boy has been declared a major crime investigation.

The boy was with his twin brother during a weekend sleepover with friends when he died.

Four children belonging to the two families involved have been taken into protective custody while detectives probe the death, according to The Mercury.

It has not been determined how the boy died.

The boy's sleepover buddies, who police say spent the entire night with him in the loungeroom, could hold the key to solving the mystery.

"This is a major crime investigation," Inspector David Plumpton of Glenorchy CIB said.

Police have not ruled out foul play, revealing yesterday the brothers had gone to the friend's house in Claremont, north of Hobart , about 4.30pm on Friday and then stayed at the house for a sleepover.

The boys and their six-year-old friend spent the night camped out in the loungeroom.

The six-year-old's mother, who had been supervising the sleepover, discovered the four-year-old boy was unresponsive and called an ambulance just before 6am on Saturday.

Paramedics reported the death to police, sparking a major investigation.

Insp Plumpton said the results of an autopsy yesterday did not reveal any obvious cause of death and investigations were continuing.

He said the boy was healthy with no history of illness and had no obvious injuries.

Insp Plumpton said police hoped results of toxicology and forensic tests would show more.

Police also are investigating whether the mother of the six-year-old boy, a woman in her late 30s, was the only adult in the house overnight.

Insp Plumpton said the families had not been known to police before the death.

"For the families involved this is just shattering," he said.


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