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Police probe death of 10 year old Bridgewater boyInvestigators rule out foul play
by Lisa Brown
BRIDGEWATER - Police are saying little about the death of a 10-year-old Bridgewater boy late Friday afternoon beyond that they don't believe it was suspicious.
Christopher James Robar was unconscious and unresponsive when officers and paramedics arrived at his St. Phillips Street home just before 5 p.m. in response to a 911 call from a family member.
The 10 year old was rushed to South Shore Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sgt. John Collyer, Bridgewater's acting deputy chief, said officers spent the weekend investigating the case as they would any unexplained death.
"Because the mechanism of death wasn't completely known, we treat all sudden, unexpected deaths as if they're a homicide," Sgt. Collyer said. "At this point, we are comfortable in saying that, while we're still investigating, we do not believe foul play was involved."
Sgt. Collyer would not confirm if the child died as a result of some sort of accident, but said he had not been ill.
An autopsy had been performed by Monday morning. However, Sgt. Collyer said police are awaiting further results before completing their investigation. He could not say when those details or the cause of death might be available.
"Right now, it's in the hands of the medical examiner's office. We've done most of our interviews that we need to do, so it's kind of in their hands at the present time," he said.
Christopher was the son of Angela Robar and stepson of David Bent. He is also survived by a brother, a stepbrother, grandparents, great-grandparents and extended family.
He was a student at Newcombville Elementary School.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday.
posted on 08/19/08
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