- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the mother of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead in his Polk County home also has died.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon Bracelin said Friday that 33-year-old Stephanie Erickson was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in a Des Moines hospital. She’d been taken there a week ago after deputies and medics found her unresponsive in the home, along with the body of her little boy, Mason Wyckoff. Another child about 7 or 8 years old was found alone outside.

Bracelin says the causes of the two deaths won’t be released until all autopsy results have been obtained, which could be a few more weeks. He would not say whether investigators suspect Erickson had killed the boy.

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