Police investigating death of 5-year-old Anniston boy
by Rachael Brown
rbrown@annistonstar.com
Jul 26, 2013 | 17757 views |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 5-year-old Anniston boy died Friday afternoon in a Birmingham hospital, officials said. The cause of death was still under investigation.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said officers responded to an emergency call that afternoon on the 2500 block of Wilmer Avenue.

Sparks said the boy was taken to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital and later to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, where he died.

Sparks said the case was under investigation, and he would not discuss circumstances that led to the child’s death, potential suspects or what they could be charged with.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said he knew only the child’s last name and could not release it because the case is pending a police investigation. Brown said he expected the name and cause of death to be released Monday after an autopsy.

That stretch of Wilmer Avenue was quiet Friday evening, with some of the small homes there hidden behind overgrown grass. Tony Macon, a Wilmer Avenue resident, said he saw six unmarked, black police cars at a home on the street, but didn’t know why officers were there. Macon said the police cars were parked near the Victory Headquarters Christian Center, next to 25th Street.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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