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Few details emerge in the week following the death of small child at Fort Drum

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FORT DRUM — More than a week after the death of a 4-year-old boy from post, few details have emerged about the child’s identity or the circumstances of his death.

The child died at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, on Dec. 10, after being “rushed to the hospital via ambulance from on-post quarters,” according to Christopher P. Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Quantico, Va.

The command is continuing to investigate the case.

Post spokeswoman Julie A. Cupernall said that a determination had not been made about whether charges will be filed in connection with the death. She said the post would issue an announcement when such a decision is made.

Asked why the post has not released information about the identity of the child or family, Ms. Cupernall said the post was respecting the family’s privacy.

“It’s not for us to out the family at this point,” she said.

Since there was no threat to the public or misinformation that needed correction, Ms. Cupernall said, the post did not need to release more details of the investigation at this time and had no regulatory requirement to do so.

She said the family of the child has chosen not to speak publicly about the death.

Laura C. Cerow, commissioner of the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, said her staff was continuing to investigate the case. She declined to provide details on the status of the investigation or whether anything had been determined by law enforcement.

The Jefferson County medical examiner’s office confirmed Wednesday that its staff had done an autopsy of the child, but said it could not comment further. The office routinely does not disclose cause of death, and instead refers questions to the lead investigating agency.

The command also is investigating the death of Sgt. Carl E. Brock, of the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, which occurred Monday and was reported Wednesday.

Ms. Cupernall said there was no link between the two cases.

She later said in an email that the post reviews the individual circumstances of each death before releasing the deceased’s personal information.

Times staff writer David C. Shampine contributed to this report.

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