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UPDATE on JC Child investigation

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UPDATE 1:45 P.M. FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Johnson City Police have released the identity of the 11-year-old child who passed away in the village on Saturday. 

According to police, the boy’s name is Jerome Smith of Burbank Avenue in Johnson City.  The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is still ongoing.


The death of an 11-year-old child is under investigation in Johnson City. The Johnson City police have issued a short statement, explaining that a child died inside a residence on Saturday and the cause of death has not been able to be determined, so authorities are treating it as suspicious. 

No more information is being released at this time.

Johnson City School District issued a statement saying:

The Johnson City School District was saddened to learn of the death of one of their 5th grade students over the weekend.  Counselors and other supports were immediately put into place today and will remain throughout the week to be available to our students and staff.