POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - A toddler is dead after police responded to a call of an unresponsive child at a Poplar Bluff preschool.
A Facebook post by the Poplar Bluff Police Department says around 1:58 p.m. on Thursday, police received a 911 call from an employee at Kids Corral Preschool & Childcare.
The employee said there was an unresponsive child and that CPR was in progress.
Patrolman Trevor Parks arrived at the scene and took over CPR.
The child was taken to the emergency room of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center where the child was pronounced dead by a physician.
Butler County Coroner Andy Moore released a statement Thursday evening to Gray affiliate KFVS about the child’s death.
“The Butler County Coroner’s office was notified of a death of a 22-month-old male who was transported from a local daycare center in Poplar Bluff. An autopsy was performed tonight by Dr. Russell Deidiker in Farmington, MO. Results show that there was no foul play, accident or external causes for the child’s death. We will be running a series of blood tests and analyzing other pathology from the autopsy. It appears at this time that the death was due to natural causes.,” Moore said.
Moore said in the statement that he would not be releasing the name of the child at this time out of respect for the family’s privacy.
In the statement, Moore said the child’s death was a tragedy for everyone involved and that people should keep everyone involved in their prayers.
“Please join me in prayers for this family, the daycare workers who attempted to render aid and the police, EMS crews, and ER room doctors and nurses who all did everything in their power to try and save him,” Moore said.