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Dubois boy's death called 'tragic accident'

Mar 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

County officials are investigating the Tuesday morning death of 6-year-old Lain Mathson of Dubois.

Coroner Ed McAuslan said he doesn't suspect foul play in the incident, but he doesn't know exactly what circumstances led to the boy's death.

"He is being autopsied today to see if we can determine what actually happened to him," McAuslan said, adding that he isn't aware that the child had any unusual medical issues. "The information we have at this time is it'll probably be an accidental death," he said. "We're continuing our investigation, and we haven't got everything finalized yet."

Law enforcement responded at about 11 a.m. Tuesday to assist emergency medical responders at the Mathson home in Dubois. McAuslan said the boy was taken to the Dubois Medical Clinic, then transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

"They were doing CPR on him when they took him to the clinic," McAuslan said. "He would have been in cardiac arrest or they wouldn't have started CPR. ... It was probably from the trauma that caused the cardiac arrest."

McAuslan couldn't say what kind of trauma occurred.

"That's the part we don't know," he said. "He appeared to have trauma, but that's also what we're going to find out about in the autopsy."

McAuslan said a vehicle possibly was involved, though he hadn't heard anything about a gravel truck that was rumored to have been part of the accident.

The boy's parents reportedly were present at the scene. Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee called the incident a "very tragic accident."

The autopsy was scheduled for noon Wednesday. McAuslan said his investigation will continue in partnership with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

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