Police investigating death of 3-year-old in Gillespie IL

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GILLESPIE, IL (KPLR) – What began with a 911 call for a little boy having a seizure Saturday became a homicide investigation, Monday.

Police identified the boy, age 3, of Gillespie, Illinois, only by his first name, Ryder.

He passed away at Cardinal-Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Monday morning, police said

A loved one called on the responsible party to be honest about what happened and spare the family at least some degree of grief.

Gillespie Police called in Illinois State Police investigators to help with the case.

“We are looking at a homicide, absolutely, yes,” said Gillespie Police Chief, Jared DePoppe.

“My officers responded originally just to a medical call for a child having a seizure.  It wasn`t until later that it was determined by medical professionals that there may be something else in addition to that original call.”

Illinois State Police confirmed Ryder suffered severe brain and spinal cord trauma at his Gillespie home.

Police told News 11 Ryder’s mother was working at the time; he was in the care of her live-in boyfriend; who called 911 Saturday afternoon.  The small, Macoupin County town about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis and surrounding area were reeling in grief Monday.

There`s been no arrest.  There will be an autopsy in the next day or two.

DePoppe wanted to reassure everyone authorities would get to the bottom of this, one of the toughest investigations his department had ever faced.

“Absolutely.  Absolutely tough to deal with,” he said.  “We`re very motivated.  We`ve spent a lot of time on this case.  We still have a long way to go.  That`s one reason why we requested the assistance of the Illinois State Police.”

A loved one told News 11 it all seemed impossible; the extended family was just together for Christmas, including Ryder`s mom and her boyfriend.

He was no longer living at the home, police said.

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