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Death of 7-Year-Old Being Investigated

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- The Madison County Sheriff's Department is investigating the sudden death of a 7-year-old Jackson boy.

Sheriff David Woolfork told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the boy was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead around 7 p.m., Monday.

According to a report, Zander Davis' father told deputies the boy had severe asthma, and had an attack after taking a breathing treatment in his home.

Sheriff Woolfork said the investigation lead them to request an autopsy of Davis.

"There were unanswered questions that investigators found at the scene," said Sheriff Woolfork. "In agreement with DCS and the medical examiner, the body was taken to the forensics center."

Records showed deputies had been called to the family's home at least twice before. In one case for alleged child abuse involving a younger sibling claiming he was burned with a cigarette.

Davis' grandfather, Frankie Davis, Sr. told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Zander played outside all day Monday with no problems, but he has had asthma since he was 3.

"I just miss him," said Davis, Sr. "Awful thing that happened to him, and to be so young."

Zander's best friends said they just played outside with the boy Monday, and say they miss him very much.

"He was so sweet," said Saniya Brooks who lives next door. "I want them to remember him by that he was good, and a good friend to everybody."

Investigators said it will take up to 72 hours for preliminary results from the autopsy to be back.
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