MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - About 45 minutes after Mobile Police emailed a news release reporting that the death of an 8-year-old in April was a homicide, it retracted the statement.
In the retraction, Mobile Police spokesperson Laderrick Dubose said, “The updated information on Sandpiper's investigation was sent out in error. We are still waiting on the autopsy results.”
However, FOX10 News has been investigating the 8-year-old boy’s death since it occurred.
Officers went to Sandpiper Apartments on Government Boulevard on Friday, April 6, 2018, after receiving a call of an unresponsive child. When police arrived, the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly after his death, sources told FOX10 News the 8-year-old was a child with special needs, who attended Augusta Evans School in Mobile.
Sources also said the school sent "several reports" of signs of possible neglect to the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).
The school's reports to DHR alleged the child suffered severe dehydration, bed sores, poor hygiene, and diapers that were not changed for extended periods of time.
According to sources, the boy died at his home while on Spring Break.
FOX10 News reached out to DHR and the Mobile County Public School System for a comment about the allegations.
School system spokesperson Rena Philips said, "When and if we suspect abuse or neglect of a child, we report it to DHR. That said, due to student privacy laws, we do not comment on specific cases, and we cannot confirm if any of this that you are reporting is true."
We are still waiting on a response from DHR.