- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio medical examiner says the death of a 10-year-old disabled boy at a foster home in January was an accident.

A spokesman says the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County medical examiner has ruled that Xavier Brothers-Bartholomew died of positional asphyxiation on Jan. 4 at a home in Cleveland. The boy, who had a genetic disorder that left him physically and mentally impaired, was found in full cardiac arrest.

Xavier and his five siblings were sent to foster homes in November 2012 after their 18-month-old brother, Isaac, was found dead in his crib at the family’s home near Vermilion, west of Cleveland.

Authorities say Isaac died of malnourishment and that his siblings were neglected. The children’s parents and their paternal grandmother pleaded guilty to child endangering charges and were sentenced to prison.



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