MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned new details about the investigation into the death of a Mobile child with special needs.

The 8-year-old was found dead in his home at Sandpiper Apartments in April 2018.

In November, Mobile Police announced that the case was closed and that the young boy died from natural causes.

But on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, FOX10 News was sent a notice from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences returning a public records request for an autopsy report.

The letter said the request could not be completed because "District Attorney Ashley Rich has notified the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences that this case remains under criminal investigation."

FOX10 News started looking for details about the child's death after sources said Augusta Evans School officials sent several reports of signs of possible neglect of the child to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Another twist in the case came in August 2018 when Mobile Police sent a press release stating that the death of the child had been ruled a homicide. About 45 minutes later, police retracted the press release and said that was an error, and they were still waiting on autopsy results.

FOX10 News called Ashley Rich's office to ask about the criminal investigation, but the District Attorney said she had no comment.

We will continue to follow this story and will keep you updated as we learn more.

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