2-year-old dies, authorities waiting for toxicology reports

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A young East Texas boy spent his mornings playing, making a ruckus, but when his family did not hear him making any noise Wednesday morning, they made a horrible discovery. 2-year-old Isaiah Johnson was found unresponsive at his mother's home on the 1500 block of Palace Avenue in Tyler. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Young Isaiah's family is stunned and brokenhearted. We spoke with Sheila Dewberry who identifies herself as Isaiah's grandmother, although she is not related by blood. She says Isaiah Johnson was usually awake and playing in the house at around eight in the morning. But, when Isaiah's father walked into his room to see why he was so quiet, he quickly learned that Isaiah wasn't breathing.

"He started giving CPR, the best that he knew, blowing in his mouth, you know, doing on his chest and everything, and every time he would blow air in him all he could hear was 'shoo,'" said Dewberry. "Maybe it was going in, but it was coming right out or something. By that time they were dialing 9-1-1."

Isaiah's body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy. The justice of the peace says that's just standard procedure since the Isaiah was so young. Also, authorities seized six pit bulls from the residence. However, at this time, the justice of the peace does not see a connection between the pit bulls and Isaiah's cause of death. He says the case is still open and is under investigation. It could take anywhere from four to eight weeks for the autopsy results to come back.

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