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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sat May 01, 2010 12:31 am

Four months after a 5-year-old boy died, and an autopsy report is
released, the child's father is still asking why.
Jacob Longenecker says it's impossible for him not to think about his
son, Justin everyday, and the life the 5-year-old could have had.
Perhaps what's worse is the fact that days, weeks and now months have
gone by and still no closure.
Justin was vibrant 5-year-old boy, full of life. "He always had a big
smile on his face," said his father Jacob Longenecker.
But on December 23rd, 2009, Justin Longenecker took his last breath.
His father Jacob, of Houston, says four months later he still doesn't
know what exactly happened. "A 5-year-old baby boy with no prior health
condition or anything like that does not go to sleep and then never wake
up again," said Longenecker.
Longenecker has full custody of his two sons, 7-year-old Jacob, Jr.
and 5-year-old Justin, but back in November of 2008, Longenecker was
deployed to Iraq and his kids came to live with his ex-wife, their
mother, in Lubbock. "I knew I signed up for the military that was going
to happen and that was nothing I could control," said Longenecker.
Longenecker says he was back home in Houston in November of 2009, but
that the kids were going to stay with their mother through Christmas.
He says he couldn't wait to see them. "There was a lot of things I was
wanting to do with them, we had stuff planned," said Longenecker.
But Longenecker never saw Justin alive again. According to the police
report, he was found not breathing after falling asleep on the living
room couch, he was later pronounced dead at University Medical
Center. At the time the two boys were at home with a babysitter.
"We're automatically going to look at that as a suspicious death.
Detectives were called out to the scene and began investigating it from
that perspective," said Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police
Department.
CPS also launched an investigation, because of past case files in
Lubbock. "We got a preliminary indication that there were no signs of
abuse or neglect of course if there were something else to come out
later based upon further autopsy results we would take a look and reopen
the case," said Greg Cunningham with CPS.
But fast forward, four months, and still no official cause of death.
"All we want is just the answer as to what really happened that day for
him to pass away," said Longenecker.
"I don't think four months would be unusual. Particularly if you look
at the report and you see the number of things that has to be looked
at, and we did that," said Natarajan.
On Thursday, during our interview, Dr. Sridhar Natarajan released a
cause and manner of death, and at this time both are listed as
'undetermined' which is what will be printed on Justin's death
certificate.
"I would just like to say that when we use the term undetermined that
doesn't mean we don't know what's going on. There are a number of
things that have been excluded but there are still some gaps that cannot
be quite answered at this point," said Natarajan.
Natarajan adds child deaths can be very complicated. "I don't know if
it's going to make the family feel like there's anything resolved but
we can look at a lot of things that we can exclude as a reason, and that
takes time," said Natarajan.
But Longenecker says he is still left without peace of mind. "It
feels like they didn't do a 110% on trying to find a cause of death," he
said.
All this dad can do now, is remember the short life that brought him a
lifetime of memories. "I'm going to miss that smile, I'm going to miss
him running around causing ruckus, I'm going to miss everything," said
Longenecker.
Stevens tells us if new clues are found in the death of Justin, the
case could be looked at again.
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