BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Monday he plans to review the March 2 death of an 11-month-old boy–a case in which preliminary autopsy findings showed the child’s death was a homicide caused by “blunt force injuries of the head.”
Sheriff Larry Webb said Monday he believed the final autopsy report also showed the death of Armani Troy Berrospe was a homicide, but Byrd said he “can’t comment on that.” Camp County Justice of the Peace Harold Kennington, who pronounced the child dead and whose office released the preliminary autopsy findings, has refused this newspaper’s request for the final autopsy report on grounds that document was exempt from release under the state Open Records Act.
Webb said Monday his office had presented the case to Byrd, and the district attorney told this newspaper it was “just recently presented to me” and “(I) haven’t had a chance to look at all the videos” involved.
In a news release issued in March, Webb had said his office received a 911 call concerning an injury to the child March 2 from the boy’s home in the 700 block of FM Road 2088 in Bettie community. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and found the youngster, who was transported to ETMC-Pittsburg hospital and died there, Webb said.
The sheriff has said he does not know who made the 911 call about 11:28 a.m., nor what time young Berrospe died.
Kennington released the preliminary autopsy findings by examining pathologist Dr. Tracy Dyer in response to a public information request filed by this newspaper. Since the child died at a hospital in Camp County, Kennington ordered the autopsy, which was performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas.
The preliminary autopsy report showed the boy would have marked his first birthday nine days after his death.