Update: Search Warrant Reveals More In Toddler's Death


WINCHESTER, Va. - After a 23-month-old boy was found dead in a Winchester residence on Friday, investigators with the Winchester Police Department said that foul play has more than likely been ruled out as the cause of death.

"After speaking with the doctor located at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined that foul play was possibly ruled out," said Sergeant Frank Myrtle, WPD’s lead investigator in the case.

But even though the caution tape is gone from the house located in the 600 block of Dunlap Street, investigators said the case is still under investigation.

“The manor of death is determined by the medical examiner's office, and the investigation will be ongoing until that final autopsy report is conducted,” said Myrtle.

It all started Friday morning, after Winchester dispatch received a 911 hang-up call from the residence where 23-month-old Landon Hamill was later pronounced dead.

“In regards to the 911 hang-up call that we received, we did determine that two calls were actually placed from the residence, and there was some confusion as to who was actually calling 911 for help," said Myrtle.

A search warrant filed in Winchester Circuit Court said that Landon, who was last physically checked on seven hours before police were called, may have suffered head trauma. But investigators said the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that out as well.

"Landon was in the custody of his grandparents at the time of his death, and his grandparents have been fully cooperative throughout this investigation."

Landon's grandfather said that despite having trouble paying for Landon's funeral costs, they plan on having a proper memorial service for their grandson.

Police have not released the identity of Landon's birth parents, or any information on their whereabouts.

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