‘Sudden death’ of Akron child under investigation

Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 1:29 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 1:30 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron police say the “sudden death” of a 6-year-old boy is under investigation.

According to police, officers were called out around 7:36 p.m. Wednesday to the 700 block of Moraine Avenue for an unresponsive 6-year-old.

The little boy’s mother called 911 and told the dispatcher, “My son isn’t really responding at all, his lips are really purple. It’s really freaking me out. I thought he was just taking a nap. But, he’s not breathing at all.”

Akron police say the child’s parents provided CPR until EMS arrived, and their crews then continued efforts to save the boy.

Emergency personnel took the child to Akron Children’s Hospital, where police say he was pronounced deceased.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

The child’s name was not released, and the investigation is ongoing.

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