DOVER — Police and the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy at his Summer Street home Saturday morning.
First responders were called to the home about 9 a.m. after family members found the child unresponsive, according to a news release. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy is scheduled on Sunday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Lt. Brant Dolleman said the boy was found inside his home, but would not say where or who found him. He said the next step to determine the cause and manner of his death is the autopsy, but he warned that may not provide all the answers.
“Particularly when somebody dies so young, they often have a lot of different tests to do,” he said.
Dolleman said numerous police officers and paramedics responded to the incident.
“It’s always going to be very hard on everybody involved, and obviously anybody who knows the family, it’s going to be quite devastating,” he said.
Anyone with information about the child’s death can call police at 742-4646. Anonymous tips can be sent to Dover Crimeline at 749-6000 or dovernhcrimeline.org.