Howland boy found dead
HOWLAND – Attempts by the father of 7-year-old boy to revive the boy in an upstairs hallway of a High Street home were not successful Friday morning, and the boy was declared dead after being transported to a local hospital.
Police were called at 5:39 a.m. to the 8454 High St. home where they found the boy’s father, Corey Floyd, 34, performing CPR on the unresponsive child. Continued attempts by firefighters to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful, and the child, who has not been named, was declared dead at St. Joseph Health Center.
Police Chief Paul Monroe said the incident has not yet been ruled a homicide or an accidental death. He also declined to release the boy’s name saying that police need to be sure all family members have been notified first.
“It’s too premature to release any information on cause of death until we get a report back from the coroner or there’s something definitive that we see that is suspicious or indicative that the death of this child is accidental,” Monroe said.
Police taped off the home through the afternoon while they obtained a search warrant to go through the home. Monroe said both measures are standard.
Monroe said at a press conference Friday afternoon his officers are working in combination with Children Services Board and the Trumbull County Child Investigative Unit, all while the coroner is working to determine a cause of death.
“There is some medical history with this child. I’m not prepared to comment in one direction or the other, but with any death that’s unattended by a physician or an emergency medical technician, we try to do our best to investigate what happened and what the cause of death actually is,” Monroe said.
According to police, the boy’s mother Pamela McIntosh lives at the home located directly across from the township police station, with seven children ranging in age from 2 to 17. Police said it appears Floyd lived off and on at the location.
The additional children were quickly “whisked away” after police arrival into the care of other family members. Monroe said the police are working to interview the children for the investigation.
“With any investigation that any police agency ever does when it involves the death of a small child, whatever the circumstance is, it’s always more more difficult dealing with the child death,” Monroe said.
Family members waiting in vehicles outside the home Friday afternoon declined to comment.
Police have been called to the location in the past to handle issues involving the children, Monroe said. According to police reports from 2010 to 2013, Trumbull County Children Services has been notified by police several times about young children from the home wandering close to nearby heavily trafficked state Route 46.