Toddler Found Dead on Navajo Indian Reservation

 

A hand-written sign taped to the front door of the Crystal Chapter House indicates where an emergency command has been set up on Friday afternoon in Crystal, New Mexico. PHOTO By Donovan Quintero - Navajo Times

A hand-written sign taped to the front door of the Crystal Chapter House indicates where an emergency command has been set up on Friday afternoon in Crystal, New Mexico. PHOTO By Donovan Quintero – Navajo Times

CRYSTAL, NEW MEXICO — The FBI and Navajo Nation Police are investigating the death of a 13-month-old boy, who was found in a culvert Friday, January 31, 2014, morning about 7:15 a.m., near Crystal Chapter House on the Navajo Nation.

Frank Fisher, media coordinator for the FBI in Albuquerque, New Mexico, confirmed to the Navajo Times that the death of the toddler is currently under investigation.

“We and Navajo Nation law enforcement authorities are investigating the death of a 13-month-old boy,” Fisher said. “The body was found in a culvert near the Crystal Chapter House this morning.”

Fisher added that cause of death is unknown at this time and that the FBI isn’t releasing any names about the death.

“All we know is a body was found this morning at 7:15 a.m.,” Fisher said.

When the Navajo Times went out to the community Friday afternoon after receiving a phone call about the incident, Crystal Chapter President Jacey McCurtain said neither she nor the community is making any statements about the death because of its sensitive nature among community members here.

An emergency command center for the community had been set up at the Crystal Senior Center for the investigation.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Navajo Times on January 31, 2014. Republished here with permission. 

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