Neighbors heartbroken over 2-month-old boy’s death

In what appears to be a tragic accident, a Dayton family is grieving the loss of a 2-month-old boy.

“To hear something like that is real said,” said D.J. Hopgood. He knew something was wrong Saturday morning after he looked out the window of his Bowen Street home.

“Looked outside and I see about two to three cruisers up the street, which is kind of odd for this neighborhood,” he said.

Police and medics rushed to a home in the 600 block of Bowen Street around 8:30 a.m.; the baby’s grandmother called 911 immediately after she found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. by Dayton medics. His body was then taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where his cause of death is pending.

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“It’s a shame, it’s a big surprise,” said another neighbor, Todd Pedicord. As a father, he said it’s difficult to hear that news from just up the street.

“It’s terrible. I can’t Imagine what the parents are going through,” he said.

The baby’s mother told police when she returned home from work at midnight, Silas already was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. She checked him at 3 a.m., and he was fine. But when Silas’ grandmother got up to check on him at 8:30 a.m., she found him on his belly. She rolled him over, but he was cold to the touch, according to a Dayton police report.

The infant’s mother and grandmother said he had no illnesses or known health issues.

An investigator with the coroner’s office said an autopsy has not been performed, and that a preliminary cause of death was not available.

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