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Incident at 3827 West Fuqua

March 13, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating the death of a child at 3827 West Fuqua at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday March 12, 2005.

The victim's identity is pending notification of next of kin.

HPD Homicide Division Officer A. Mares reported:

The victim and the suspect were under the care of a local health care facility for the mentally challenged. Both the victim and suspect demonstrate some form of mental illness and medical conditions.

The victim was is the playroom sitting in a chair when a staff member brought in the suspect. The suspect stood up and unexpectedly charged at the victim. The suspect pushed the victim back while still sitting on the chair and the victim fell backwards. The victim's head struck the edge of a table that was positioned behind him. The victim fell to the floor and a staff member attempted to wake him up. HFD transported the victim to Texas Children's Hospital with CPR in progress. The victim was pronounced dead by Texas Children's Hospital medical personnel at 4:05 p.m. An autopsy will be performed by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

JGA/MES 3-13-05

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