Child Dies Of Asphyxiation Caused By Bag Put Over His Head
KIROTV.COM - The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that 6-year-old Jordan Stewart died of asphyxiation caused by a bag that was put over his head. There were signs of bruising and evidence of past abuse, the M.E.'s Office said.
The child's body was found at his Spanaway home on Tuesday when deputies went to check on him after his father led troopers on a high-speed chase.
The chase ended in a crash, and David Stewart, a 38-year-old soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, fatally shot himself.The body of Kristy Sampels, David's wife and Jordan's mother, was also found in the car.
She had been shot. Investigators said they believe David Stewart shot her, but do not know when.
Jordan Stewart's body was found with a plastic bag over his head in an upstairs room at the family's trash-filled home.
The boy was enrolled for a few days last September at Camas Prairie Elementary School, but was taken out of school, a representative of the Bethel School District told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
Also on Wednesday, a JBLM representative issued this statement: "On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community we extend our condolences to the families and friends touched by this terrible event."
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