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Police Still Waiting for East Columbus Toddler's Cause of Death

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Investigators have not determined what caused the death of a 15-month-old boy who was rushed out of his East Side apartment Monday after his mother called 911 to report he was not breathing.

Police released the 911 call made by the boy's mother, Amanda Bown, who was emotional throughout her conversation with a dispatcher.

"Where is he at right now?” the dispatcher asked.  “He's in my arms,” Bown cried.

The dispatcher instructed Bown to perform chest compressions before emergency crews arrived. Max Bown later died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

On Tuesday, Amanda Bown said Max fell asleep on the floor while she watched him and her other small child.  She noticed Max was not breathing approximately 15 minutes later.

An autopsy report indicated no obvious signs of trauma; investigators are now waiting for the toxicology results.

Bown’s neighbors said they called children’s services two weeks ago to complain about the toddler’s care.

"[The children's father] takes care of them all of the time, but he was outside and kept falling asleep,” neighbor Rebecca Paugh said.  “He was on the concrete. He kept falling asleep.  He had the baby's head near the concrete.”

A spokesperson from children services said a caseworker tried to make contact with the Bown family after receiving the complaint, but was unable to speak to either parent.
 
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