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Coroner: No foul play in death of Youngstown three year old

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An investigation has turned up no foul play behind the circumstances surrounding the death of a three-year-old boy whose body was found inside the enclosed porch of a Youngstown home Saturday morning.
 
Mahoning County deputy coroner and forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Ohr tells 21 News that there is no evidence that Quentin Alli was trapped on the porch, or that he froze to death.
 
Dr. Ohr says Alli may have collapsed, since investigators and his investigation show that the child was found face down on the floor.
 
"Right now my diagnosis is tending towards a natural death with evidence from the autopsy suggesting that this child's heart may be the root cause of his death," Dr. Ohr said.
 
Dr. Ohr says an autopsy showed the child suffered from a heart problem and that issue is being examined.
 
"The autopsy did show that the child's heart which should have been conical in shape and firm like a fist in texture was sort of ball like in shape and soft and flabby. Now this could be a genetic problem, this could be an infectious problem, this could be an anatomical problem and these are things that I can't see until I look at those tissues under the microscope."
 
In a few weeks, he will make a ruling on the cause of the three-year-old's death after his examination of the tissues and the toxicology reports are complete.
 
"One of the things that would trump everything I said, it's possible that if the child ingested something that put him to sleep out on that porch then yes indeed he could have died in that environment and it would be an accident."
 
Another possibility that Dr. Ohr suspects is a virus that affects the heart but he will not know whether or not this was the cause until he looks under the microscope.
 
"We are in a season right now where children die of myocarditis. Typically it starts as a respiratory infection and it could be as subtle as just a cough and a cold and nobody knows why the virus goes from the throat and lungs to the heart. Some kids they don't catch a myocarditis, some kids they catch a myocarditis and nobody knows about it and sadly on rare occasions it kills the child."
 
Relatives told 21 News earlier that they believe Alli wandered into the unheated back porch in the middle of the night while the rest of the family slept and the door closed behind him.

Youngstown Det. Lt. Doug Bobovnyik says it appears the family last saw the 3 year-old when everyone went to bed around 11 p.m. Friday night.

Gilmore found him at about 9 in the morning.

 

 

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