TPD investigating the death of 7-year-old boy as a homicide due to neglect

Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:52 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A 7-year-old boy with special needs was found dead by Toledo Police Friday morning.

TPD says on June 2 around 7:31 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Freeman for reports of a deceased person. Once officers arrived, they located 7-year-old Kristopher Snyder deceased.

Neighbor Chester Carter said he saw the TPD and TFRD arrive at the home around 8 a.m.

“When I saw one of the officers walk by, I asked what happened and he said a kid is deceased,” Carter said. He added that he is devastated by the tragedy. “I am devastated, absolutely devastated, I mean this is a kid, autistic at that, I think whoever the parents are should truly be held accountable for their actions. "

According to TPD, an investigation was opened and detectives say the case appears to be a homicide due to neglect. An autopsy will be performed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

Lucas County Children Services said it is imperative that the community steps in when they observe signs of negligence.

“If you see something, say something, calling us, you know it’s our job to determine if that call rises to us making that type of intervention with a child and family,” Donna Seed, Lucas County Children Services Interim Executive Director.

Officials with Lucas County Children Services said residents can call them or 2-1-1 to protect vulnerable children.

This investigation is ongoing. TPD investigators returned to the home on Friday afternoon to question individuals inside.

No arrests have been made at this time, however, a neighbor told 13abc that he wants justice.

“I just want the parents to get what’s coming to them because the kid can’t defend themselves,” the neighbor said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.

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