GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV) – Police are calling the death of a small child in Granite City on Monday "suspicious."
It happened in the 2100 block of 14th Street around 1:15 p.m. The victim is reportedly a 21-month-old boy.
The child was in the care of his mother's boyfriend, while she was at school. The grandmother was volunteering at a local church at the time of the incident. A witness says the grandmother later came home and found the boy.
"At first I was in the yard and she came out hollering and hysterical about my baby! my baby! like something was wrong and then she went back in the house and five minutes later the police and ambulance came and when they got up there she came out with the baby and he looked like he was lifeless," Jimmy Weathers said.
Witnesses also say the child was rushed into an ambulance, but the child was dead. Sources tell News 4 there were signs of trauma to the child.
At this point, police are saying very little about may have happened.
"On a case like this I don't want to speak too soon on anything," said Maj. Jeff Connor of the Granite City Police. "This is just a couple of hours all I can tell you at this point is that we are investigating this as a suspicious death and until an autopsy determines the type of death. I hate to comment on anything else."
The investigation is still ongoing.
We’ll be sure to bring you more information as it becomes available.