Thursday, April 29, 2010
Authorities investigate child’s death
By SUE WATSON
The death of a 9-year-old boy Sunday night by hanging is under investigation by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The parents of the child called 911 for help Sunday about 8:53 p.m.
Ambulance workers were unable to revive the child, who was found hanging by a belt from the top rail of his bunk bed, according to Sheriff Dickerson. Dillon Peretic was transported to Alliance Health Care System where he was pronounced dead by coroner James Richard Anderson.
Dickerson said the death of the juvenile is being investigated thoroughly to be “as sure as humanly possible there was no criminal activity involved in the child’s death.”
He said officials continue to discuss the case with the child’s parents, Rosemary Peretic and stepfather Michael Shane Swindle, who reside at 1771 Roberts Chapel Road.
The child had been fishing during the day with his stepfather, had eaten pizza and was confined to his room for about an hour for alleged disciplinary reasons, the sheriff said.
Medical personnel did all they could in attempting to revive the child, then transported him to Alliance, he said. The county medical examiner was called to the hospital to make the final determination. The body was taken to Jackson for autopsy Monday, Dickerson said.
He said the incident is under scrutiny due to the age of the child, the nature of the circumstances and for other reasons.
“We, along with the county medical examiner, are taking all the steps we can to be as certain as possible there was no criminal activity involved,” Dickerson said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division and the District Attorney’s office are assisting with the investigation.
“Death in any circumstances is tragic but especially tragic when you have the death of a child,” Dickerson said.
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