Obese relative may have crushed toddler

March 22, 2008 3:01:34 PM PDT
A 2-year-old boy who died with a fractured skull may have been accidentally crushed by a morbidly obese relative, authorities say. Investigators believe the woman fell on the child, who was pronounced dead Tuesday, said Bobby Contreras, Hidalgo County justice of the peace.

"It didn't look like there was any foul play from what I saw," he said.

An autopsy was scheduled, with the cause of death to be released Monday.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, who called the death "suspicious," said he would wait for an announcement on the cause before deciding whether to file charges.

The child was believed to have been dropped off by his mother to spend the day with the bedridden relative, The McAllen Monitor reported Friday.