are investigating after 10-year-old Xavier Brothers-Bartholomew
was found unresponsive on Sunday afternoon.
EMS crews were called to the 300 block of East 160th Street around 3:15 p.m. for a medical emergency. When they arrived, they discovered the child in full cardiac arrest, apparently suffering from a heart attack.
According to EMS, crews gave Xavier CPR on the way to
, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Police stayed on scene for hours, investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. Homicide investigators, along with the crime scene unit, were called to assist. Crews made no statement that a crime had occurred.
Neighbors said they saw police pull something out of a car's trunk in the driveway.
will determine the final cause of death. Through their investigation, police will determine if Xavier suffered some sort of mishap, which triggered a heart attack, or if something more sinister happened inside the home.
According to neighbors, a woman lives in the home with several children; many are relatives but Xavier was from Erie County in special foster care for his medical needs.
Following his death, the Erie County Department of Job and Family Services released a statement:
Today is a very sad day for everyone here at Erie County Department of Job and Family Services as we mourn the death of Xavier Brothers-Bartholomew. Xavier was born with a genetic disorder that created special medical needs. There has been no indication that his death involved any concerns of abuse or neglect. Our colleagues in Cuyahoga County were notified and would have been if there was any concern for law enforcement or medical professionals that abuse or neglect was a concerning factor. The autopsy is pending. We do not believe there is anything suspicious at this time. Xavier was in the permanent custody of Erie County Department of Job and Family Services as a result of his parents, James and Adrienne Brothers-Bartholomew's rights being terminated. The parents are currently incarcerated due to criminal charges in another sibling's death. Xavier had been placed in this medically fragile foster home since he came into agency custody in November, 2012. These foster parents had received specialized training to meet Xavier's medical conditions, and it was found to be in his best interest to be matched for placement in this home. The agency, social workers, and medical professionals were in the home weekly.The agency has permanent custody of five additional siblings. We can assure you that all siblings of this child are safe. Again, this is a very sad case of a child born with extensive medical needs as a result of a significant genetic disorder.
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