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Death of Lee County 14-month old boy ruled homicide

The death Sunday morning of a 14-month old boy in Smiths Station, Ala., has been ruled a homicide by the Lee County Coroner's office.

The death is under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's office and no arrest had been made by 8 p.m. CDT Monday, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said.

Lee County authorities received a 911 call Sunday morning about 10:30 reporting a baby was unresponsive at a home in the 8900 block of Lee Road 240. The baby was taken by ambulance to the closest medical facility, Jack Houston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City. The baby was pronounced dead in the hospital's emergency room about 11:30.

At that time, authorities did not suspect foul play, but the autopsy findings indicated the baby died of a homicide, Harris said.

The name of the boy is not being released.

"No further details can be released at this time as the investigation continues by the Lee County Sheriff’s office, the Lee County Coroner’s office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences," according to a release from the coroner's office.

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