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cause of death not yet determined
Monday, February 11, 2013
A local three-year-old was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after police were called to a Giddings residence regarding a child who was not breathing.
According to a media release provided today, Giddings Police officers were summoned to meet EMS at a home on West Independence Street, near Simmang Park. The call was placed at approximately 2:10 P.M. on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Upon arrival officers observed medics, with the local ambulance service, attempting to revive a three-year-old boy, Dean Hodges. Police reported that the child was on the floor and was unresponsive. Officers also observed vomit on the floor and an open, partially empty bottle of Tequila.
A resident at the home, 27-year-old Auston Shawn Tatum, advised that he was currently the caretaker/guardian of Dean Hodges, as well as Dean’s one-year-old sister - who was also at the residence, according to police.
The child was rushed to St. Mark’s Medical Center in LaGrange where he was pronounced deceased.
An autopsy was performed Sunday morning at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. The formal ruling as to the cause and manner of death is pending the results of further investigation in the case.