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Investigation into child's death in Great Falls underway

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 15:53:02-05

GREAT FALLS — Police officers and medical personnel were dispatched to a residence on the 600 block of 13th Street South in Great Falls to render aid for an unresponsive 8-year-old child shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

The Great Falls Police Department (GFPD) said in a news release on Tuesday that, tragically, the child was pronounced deceased at the scene. Patrol officers and detectives from the GFPD, along with deputies from the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, are continuing to investigate the child’s death.

The child's body has been taken to Missoula, where an autopsy will be conducted at the Montana State Crime Lab to determine the cause and manner of the child's death. The child’s name will be released by Sheriff Jesse Slaughter when appropriate.

"The death of any child has a particularly hard impact on a community. We encourage understanding, patience, and compassion for this child’s family and the emergency personnel involved," the GFPD said.