Mahoning coroner: 3-year-old may have had heart problems

Staff report


The forensic pathologist for the Mahoning County Coroner’s office said he thinks the toddler found dead in a South Side home Saturday morning may have died from a heart ailment.

Dr. Joseph Ohr said Tuesday that when he performed the autopsy on 3-year-old Quinton Alli, his heart was not the shape that it should be for a normal 3-year-old.

He said he does not believe the toddler froze to death after somehow getting inside an unheated, enclosed back porch at a home he was staying at on 2807 South Ave. Saturday morning.

Police are not expected to file charges in the death of the boy, who was found by family members in nothing but a pair of underwear about 9 a.m. Saturday in the enclosed back porch.

Quinton was living in the house with his four brothers and sisters. They were placed with a family member there by the Mahoning County Children Services Board.

Ohr said Quinton’s heart should have been shaped like a closed fist, but it was not.

“There was something wrong with his heart,” Ohr said.

Ohr said there were no signs during the autopsy that Quinton had gotten trapped in the room and tried to get out. He said the body was almost free of any cuts or bruises.

“There is no evidence of foul play,” Ohr said.

He said it should take about three weeks for the tests on Quinton’s heart to be completed.

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