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March 27, 2012

Child found in car with deceased father

16-month-old is OK; toxicology reports on man are pending

JEFFERSONVILLE — Toxicology reports are being completed after Jeffersonville police discovered a deceased 27-year-old man with his 16-month-old child in a car.

According to Jeffersonville Police Department Detective Todd Hollis, Christopher W. Morrow, who lived in Jeffersonville but was from Utica, was found Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at Armstrong Court in Jeffersonville. He said a juvenile in the area saw a man slumped over the wheel of the car and a child in a carseat. He said the witness told neighbors, who went out and got the child out of the car and called 911.

Hollis said he isn’t sure how long Morrow was deceased or how long the child had been in the car.

“Phone records show that Mr. Morrow was on the phone sometime in the evening the night before, but we don’t know exactly what time it was that Mr. Morrow passed away. Sometime between mid- to late-[Friday] evening to Saturday around 2 p.m. that child was in the car,” he said.

The child was taken to the hospital as a precautionary and was released to his mother, Hollis said. He said the child was OK.

Hollis said Morrow had been reported missing Saturday morning.

Hollis said there were no signs of violence. He said a toxicology report, which is expected to come back in a couple of weeks, will help determine the cause of death.

According to Morrow’s obituary, his funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Scott Funeral Home’s North Chapel, with burial in Utica Hillcrest Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and son, Peyton Morrow.

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