Newburgh police, Child Protective Services investigate death of 7-year-old boy
Newburgh officials say authorities are still searching for answers in the death of a 7-year-old boy who may have been starved and abused.
Official sources tell News 12 that an autopsy report shows the boy was severely malnourished and that he may have died from starvation, hours before his body was taken to Montefiore St. Luke's hospital by a caregiver.
The source also says the child had leg injuries that could have been caused by shackles. However, other investigators say the injuries could have also been caused by tight socks or bed sores.
Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey says, "It has gotten on the radar of law enforcement. I don't know all the details and protocols as to why, but I can tell you this, they are definitely involved, it is an ongoing investigation."
The child's death is also being investigated by Child Protective Services.
Authorities say there are other children who still live in the same Williams Street apartment.
"The child died unnecessarily," says Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. "In my opinion whatever they want to charge you with, murder, homicide, neglect, should not have died."