Reynoldsburg News

Coroner: 4-year-old boy's death was homicide

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Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak has ruled that a 4-year-old boy found unconscious in a Reynoldsburg home in July died because a blunt impact to his chest stopped his heart.

Alfred Hill died July 12 at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Paramedics took him there after they found him at his paternal aunt's home on Baytree Court.

No charges have been filed. Reynoldsburg police said they forwarded the case to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office for review.

During the initial investigation, police said they found marks on the child's body that didn't appear to be from a medical emergency or CPR.

When police and paramedics arrived at the apartment on July 12, the child's 26-year-old father, also named Alfred Hill, fled and later was arrested on charges of kidnapping, rape, felonious assault and domestic violence.

He is accused of abducting and raping a woman, first at an abandoned house and then at his residence, on July 6, 2011.

She escaped after being held for 14 hours, police said.

Hill remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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