Toddler Autopsy Doesn't Reveal Cause Of Death

An autopsy done today on a toddler who was found dead at his parent's Onslow County home reveals no visible cause of death.

The one year old boy was discovered Wednesday morning at Mark and Lisa Kuprel's trailer at Sea Pines Mobile Home Park. Deputies say the Kuprel's are military dependents and the autopsy was done at Camp Lejeune's Naval Hospital.

A news release says the death remains under investigation.


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Deputies in Onslow County are investigating the death of a one year old child.

Deputies say the toddler was found this morning at a home at the Sea Pines Home Home Park in Hubert. A news release says a preliminary investigation indicates the death was under suspicious circumstances.

The Sheriff's Office says the cause of death is not yet determined.


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  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    In addition, boys are far more likely to die of SIDS than girls- I think it's a three to one ratio. In infancy (and during pregnancy actually), males are much more fragile than females- as I recall, it has something to do with testosterone. My own boys didn't seem quite as robust in infancy as my girls did, even though they were 3rd and 4th babies- one even had a stay in the NICU. So please, don't jump to judgment. We tend to want to blame someone because the thought that there's something out there that can take our children from us, which we have absolutely no control over, is scary. Just be thankful your own children are with you and pray for those who have lost a beloved child.
  • by Angel Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
    I obviously don't know all of the details here, but has anyone thought it could've possibly been SIDS? I certainly don't intend to make light of a baby's death, but why bring in all of these investigative resources and make the parents feel guilty when it could've been something as unpreventable as SIDS? I've known of other deaths in little ones where all of this was not performed. Do they have some reason to believe that foul play was involved? If not, leave this poor family alone and let them grieve their child's death. My prayers to them.
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      by laura on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to Angel
      I agree. SIDS is a real possibility- and while it was in the news a lot in the early 90's, there's not been much about it in the last 10 years. SIDS can affect children up to 2 years of age...we don't know why, but likely it's a combination of anatomical malformations and cerebral development that cause it. Babies and children can also suffer from apnea (which has also been linked to SIDS). It's scary, and heartbreaking, and while I'm glad they're making sure the death wasn't intentional, I hope they're giving these parents time and space to grieve. Sometimes these things happen, and it's no one's fault. I'm sure they're blaming themselves already- they need support. This is the sort of thing that tears families apart and destroys lives. I hope they stay strong, and get through this together.
  • by uknowuwrong Location: hubert on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    You know that DSS is not out to tear apart families besides this article isn't about you and your inability to take care of your children. I do believe that all the facts need to be in before judgement is passed. At a yr old though it is hard to believe it was natural causes or SIDS. Maybe one of them snapped or maybe it was an accident. Who knows. God will deal with whomever has done wrong to this poor child!!!
  • by Melissa on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Children are God's children to begin with. He can take them away just like he gave them life. Always remember, He gave them to you until its time for them to return. I hope you can find peace that surpasses all understanding. God Bless..
  • by Gville on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    What happened to him?
  • by Brother Location: California on Jan 20, 2012 at 08:29 AM
    A bunch of Internet Detectives have already convicted this family. You guys are pathetic. Shut your mouthes and let the Police complete their standard investigation before you jump to conclusions and post harmful comments. 12/5
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      by Amber on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Brother
      Grandma you are absolutely right. He was loved by all, and I personally can't imagine not getting to see my little monkey anymore. He was such a wonderful little boy. We who know the family, understand that this was a terrible tragic accident and not anything else. They will be exonerated. We are praying for the whole family.
  • by G-Ma Location: Michigan on Jan 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
    This child is my grandson. He just spent two weeks in November at my home with my son and his wife. This child was VERY loved, and a very well taken care of baby! This was an accident! A horrible, awful accident. I'm not sure how they will ever get the image out of their heads of God taking our baby way too soon. How dare you pass judgement without knowing ANY facts!
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      by Pam on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM in reply to G-Ma
      I sent condolences to the parents yesterday, as I know all to well how easy it is to be accused of something one did not do. I am so sorry for the idiots who assume!!!!!!!!! Prayers to you all.
  • by a Location: b on Jan 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    My heart goes out to the family, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.
  • by Ditto Location: Bath on Jan 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    In response to dear friend - you are exactly right! Everyone jumps to conclusions before the evidence is even presented. DSS tears apart more families than they protect - I know this! All it takes is one lie to ruin the entire lives of the families. I have experienced it first hand. More privacy should be given to these cases - holding "breaking news stories" until the circumstances can be evaluated and provide "FACTS" God bless this family as they mourn the loss of their child and give them strength
  • by dear friend on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    No one has any right to be suspicious of these parents. The pain of losing one's child is deeper than anyone can imagine I'm sure. These parents are hurting and people want to point fingers. No one has any idea what these two have been through and how unfair it is for God to have taken away thier son. These are two of the strongest people I know and they are defenseless against this tragedy,neither knows what to do, and you people point your fingers! Its not suspicous at all. They just dont have enough information because the parents are morning and dont feel like explaining over and over again what has happened. Nor do they deserve to!
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