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3-year-old found dead in unheated porch

Published: Sun, March 2, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m.




A 3-year-old boy apparently froze to death in an unheated, enclosed back porch in a home in the 2800 block of South Avenue overnight Friday.

The boy was found Saturday morning after his relatives woke up and could not find him. Someone discovered him at about 9 a.m. in the enclosed porch and called 911, the boy’s great aunt, Cheryl Boudrey, said on the front porch of the home Saturday afternoon.

Police were called and detectives are investigating.

Lt. Douglas Bobovnyik of the Detective Bureau identified the boy as Quinton Alli.

Eleven people were inside the home, nine of them children, Bobovnyik said. He noted that several of those children had been placed there by Mahoning County Children Services.

Bobovnyik said the last time anyone saw the 3-year-old was 11 p.m. Friday, when he was in a downstairs bedroom with one of the adults and the adult went to bed and left the child there.

Somehow, the boy got into the enclosed porch area and could not get out.

“It appears the door shut behind him somehow,” Bobovnyik said.

Bobovnyik said the boy was wearing nothing but a pair of underwear. According to AccuWeather, the low temperature overnight was 14 degrees at 1 a.m.

Boudrey said she thinks her great-nephew fell asleep, got up in the middle of the night, left where he was sleeping, got into the enclosed porch and then fell asleep again.

Bobovnyik said it appears the boy died of exposure, but an autopsy has not been done yet.

Boudrey said her niece was the boy’s caregiver. Her niece was awarded custody of the boy and his siblings from Children Services, Boudrey said.

“What happened today was an accident,” Boudrey said, adding her niece is a good mother to the children.

“She wouldn’t of hurt these babies,” Boudrey said.

Bobovnyik said no one is in custody presently and detectives will be back to continue their investigation because it was hard to interview family members because they were so upset.

He said it is too soon to tell if charges will be filed.

“It’s early in the investigation,” Bobovnyik said.

Children Services is aware of the situation, Bobovnyik said.


1Roger_Thornhill(994 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This is awful.

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2peacelover(829 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Why didn't anyone lock the door before turning in for the night?

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3MLC75(650 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

My deepest sympathy to the family.

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4lovethiscity(165 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The Peace of the Lord is with you precious child. May it be with your family. God Bless.

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5paulydel(1540 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Its always sad to lose anyone especially a child. Judging by this story it appears to be an accident and I hope the police will see it that way.

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6YSU_Alumna(57 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

My sincerest & deepest sympathies to the families! There but for the grace of God goes many! This is a sad & horrible tragedy that I hope won't be compounded by the judgement of outsiders who aren't privy to the facts. My prayers are for the family.

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7lumper(291 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

this stinks to high heaven. unless drugged, a three year old is quite capable of screaming when cold or if he wants in from a locked door. and NOBODY looked for him until he 911 call at 9 am ? not all 9 kids were sleeping until then although the auntie was.

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8andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

heard today some one is in jail and other kids are re placed in other homes.

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