CHELSEA — Officials continue to look for clues in the death of a Chelsea toddler Friday morning. No arrests have been made.

Chelsea officers responded to the home at 113 E. First Street around 9 a.m. Friday on a report that a 2- or 3-year-old boy had died.

Chelsea Police Chief Dustin Chadwell thought the death was suspicious and called in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to assist.

The OSBI obtained a search warrant Friday afternoon and entered the home.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Emotions were running high as police investigators and Department of Human Services workers arrived at the home and began making decisions about the remaining three children in the home.

Details surrounding the boy’s death remain sketchy.

Neither the names of the parents nor the child have been released. Around 10:45 a.m. Friday, the couple’s other three children — two school-age children and one infant — were taken into emergency protective custody as a “safeguard.”

The mother was not in agreement with the emergency custody and voiced her opinion while sobbing in front of her home.

“My babies, my babies,” she cried as she walked with her children who were crying to be with their grandmother. “Eighteen years ago, I was sent here by an abuse center because I was beat almost to death and now you’re taking my children. My baby hasn’t even been cold that long and you’re taking away my

children.

“I want my babies.”



By KRYSTAL J. CARMAN

Staff Writer

newsed@swbell.net

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