JAMESTOWN - The death of a 2-year-old Jamestown boy, Auston Morales, has been ruled a homicide, according to Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley.
"I have received the full autopsy report and the boy's death has officially been ruled a homicide," he said. "But I can't release any further information about the report and its findings at this time."
According to a press release issued by the Jamestown Police Department on Tuesday, a 911 call was made on Oct. 16, around 1:10 p.m., that reported a young boy, Morales, was not breathing and unresponsive.
EMTs arrived at 24 W. Eighth St. in the city and took the child to WCA Hospital. The boy was later taken by Starflight to Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where he passed away Saturday evening.
The boy's father, 31-year-old Agustin Morales, was taken in to custody a short time later on an active warrant charging him with endangering the welfare of a child, which is unrelated to the child's death and stems from a previous incident.
The elder Morales is still in the Chautauqua County Jail on the warrant and is being held in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 property bond.
Foley reiterated that so far in this case, no one has been charged with anything related to the death of the young boy but added that his office and detectives at the JPD are still working on the case every day.
"We are still working to put all the pieces of the puzzle together," Foley said, "and I will be meeting with the JPD early next week to discuss the case further."
Steve Wickmark, county Social Services commissioner, confirmed earlier this week that the department is investigating the death as well, although he couldn't confirm whether or not CPS was or has ever been involved with the family.
Although Wickmark couldn't discuss this specific case, he did explain that Social Services only gets involved in death investigations when a situation involves parents or other adults responsible for a child and the youth who died.
The JPD is asking anyone with information to call the detective's bureau at 483-7537 or the department's tip line at 483-TIPS. Information can also be submitted online on Facebook, MySpace or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and all information can be submitted anonymously.