Carson City Sheriff Investigating Hospitalization of Toddler

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RENO, Nev. -- Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong confirms his office is investigating the hospitalization of a toddler. Furlong says the boy is currently on life support but is not expected to survive.

Saturday evening just before 5:30, Sheriff's deputies and Fire Department personnel responded to a 911 call for a child who was breathing but not conscious. The child was at a home in the 2200 block of E. Long St. in Carson City.

Sheriff Furlong says the boy lived there with his father and the father's girlfriend. The couple and three children were in the process of moving homes. Furlong says the girlfriend was there when the toddler's condition was discovered. She called the father who returned to the home, then she called 911.

The child was taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center then transported to a hospital in Reno where he remains on life-support. Sheriff Furlong believes he will remain on life-support until all family members can say their goodbyes.

Sheriff Furlong confirms there were two prior incidents in which the toddler was taken to the hospital. He says to the best of his knowledge, Child Protective Services (CPS) workers were aware of those incidents.

If the toddler dies, an autopsy will be needed for the investigation. However, that will not be performed until Tuesday at the earliest. Furlong says toxicology reports will be of interest for the investigation.

The boy's father and his girlfriend are cooperating with the investigation. Washoe County and CPS are assisting the Carson City Sheriff's Office. CPS has taken custody of the two other minors, the girlfriend's children, who were living with the couple.