Authorities investigating death of 17-month-old boy

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was June 1 around 7:30 p.m. when Morgan County deputies got the call:

"It came across as a distressed child," said Chief Deputy Steve Cochran, with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies rushed to the Longview Drive home. According to the report, the 17-month-old boy was on his back and not moving.

"The person in the home said the child was choking on a cookie," said Cochran.

The report said deputies found no signs of a cookie in the boy's mouth, or anywhere nearby. EMS took the child to the hospital, and he died. Investigator said the death is suspicious, but at this time, they're not releasing the parents' names or who lived in the home.

Deputies said investigating a child's death is hard.

"A child depends on the caretakers to take care of it, to feed it, to bathe it - so in that sense, it's really sad because it needs to be taken care of. Whereas adults, they can take care of themselves," said Cochran.

Anyone with information or questions about the case is asked to contact the TBI or the Attorney General's office.

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