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Detectives investigate death of 15-month-old child

August 13, 2002 00:00


On August 11, 2002, at 12:51 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatch received a request for medical assistance from 2616 NE 7th Avenue regarding an unconscious child. The child, identified as 15-month-old Sharayeah Leanhart, was transported to Emanuel Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Shortly after Sharayeah arrived at Emanuel Hospital, Portland Police Homicide Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. Detectives spent the remainder of the morning interviewing witnesses and collecting potential evidence.

On August 12, 2002, the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and has not yet released a cause of death. Investigators are continuing to interview potential witnesses in an attempt to reconstruct the hours leading to the original call for medical assistance.

Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call Detective John Brooks at (503) 823-0757 or Detective George Weatheroy at (503) 823-0886.

This investigation is continuing.


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