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Coroner suspects child’s death accidental
DUBOIS – We now have a follow-up report on the death of Lain Mathson (corrected spelling from coroner’s office), the 6-year-old boy from Dubois who died Tuesday from injuries suffered at his home. The preliminary results from an autopsy performed Wednesday show he died of blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death has still not been determined, according to the coroner’s office, and won’t be until the investigation is complete. But in an interview Wednesday, Coroner Ed McAuslan said the death would most probably be ruled an accident.
Chief says investigators on-call in Dresser case
RIVERTON – Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead said his department is still actively involved in the case against Crystal Dresser. She’s the 29-year-old from Riverton who’s been charged with child abuse and criminally negligent homicide for the death of her baby son.
It was his officers who found the child, seven-week-old, Leviticus Whiteman, dead at his home in Riverton on October 14. The coroner ruled that the baby died of overlay asphyxia due to co-sleeping.
According to court documents, the child’s father 30-year-old Shaw Whiteman was also there and both the parents admitted to taking the child to bed with them following a night of drinking alcohol. But it was the mother who said she probably accidentally rolled over on top of the baby.
Riverton’s Chief Broadhead said his department will now be on-call for the prosecution as the case moves forward …. CLICK HERE
Chief says accusation department’s racist is unfounded
RIVERTON – In a separate case, involving what’s been described publicly as a racial assault, Riverton Chief Mike Broadhead wanted to respond to an accusation that his department moved slower than usual to make an arrest because the victim was an American African Indian. He was referring to the case against 24-year-old James “Skip” Crooks, a white man, who’s been accused of causing serious injury to 24-year-old Darryn Davis during the early morning hours of March 9 outside Bombers Sports Bar on downtown Main Street.
The case gained much attention this week as a group of tribal members came together to mount an awareness walk against racism.
The chief said the case moved forward quicker than some, but was held up by the lack of quick release of medical reports from the local facilities and the large number of witnesses to interview ….. CLICK HERE
An affidavit supporting the charges alleges that Crooks knocked Davis out with one punch, which caused facial injuries that required specialized treatment at a medical center in Casper. The court document also alleges that Crooks called Davis a racial slur before delivering the blow
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