Area boy's death still unexplained

By Edie Grossfield

CALEDONIA -- Investigators are still trying to determine why 2-year-old Dylan King of Caledonia died on Dec. 5.

After checking Thursday with the medical examiner in Hastings, the city's police chief, Randy Shefelbine, said there is still no answer. The examiner said it could be another two weeks before a cause of death is determined, Shefelbine said.

Police responded to a 911 call at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at King's residence.


At the time, Charles Stark, the boyfriend of King's mother, Sara King, thought the boy was choking on a piece of food, Shefelbine said.

Finding Dylan unconscious, Shefelbine performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. King was taken by ambulance to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary examination determined the boy did not choke on a piece of food because nothing was found obstructing his airway, Shefelbine said.

He said the police investigation has included questioning family members and medical personnel involved with helping King that day. The investigation has not led police to believe there was any wrongdoing in the case, Shefelbine said.

"At this time, we're basically just calling it an unexplained death until we get the results back from the autopsy and toxicology reports and things like that," he said.

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