GREENPORT — Police are investigating the death of a child Tuesday morning in Greenport, according to Trooper Aaron Hicks, public information officer for State Police Troop-K.

The 1-year-old boy died at Columbia Memorial Health after he was taken there by Greenport Rescue Squad, Hicks said.

The cause of the boy’s death is under investigation, Hicks said.

Greenport Rescue Squad and Greenport Police were sent by Columbia County 911 at about 9:11 a.m. to 156 Ten Broeck Lane, apartment No. 2, for a reported medical condition involving the boy, Hicks said.

When Greenport police arrived on the scene they determined the emergency was in apartment No. 1 and requested assistance with the investigation from state police, Hicks said.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the case, after it was turned over to them by Greenport Police, said Greenport Police Chief Kevin Marchetto.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was on the scene, providing assistance during the early stage of the investigation.

Police were at the scene most of the day, accompanied by representatives from Columbia County Child Protective Services, Hicks said.

Greenport Code Enforcement Officer Vincent Concra on Tuesday afternoon condemned the apartment in which the boy lived.

The entrance was boarded up and an official condemnation notice was attached to it Tuesday afternoon, that read: “This structure is unsafe and its occupancy has been prohibited by the code official.”

In New York State, the police are called to investigate unattended deaths, and state police work hand in hand with the local coroners and medical examiners every time there is one, State Police BCI senior investigator Eric Barnes said.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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