The cause of death remains undetermined pending toxicology reports for a mother and child found dead in their Wallingford home late last week, police said Monday, but the incident is being ruled as "untimely" and not suspicious.
Wallingford police last week responded to the home of Kathryn McCormack, 27, and her 13-month-old son after McCormack’s fiancé returned to their 102 High St. home to find her lying on top of her son Friday evening. Both were pronounced dead on scene. A police report said the two were found with narcotics and drug paraphernalia contained nearby.
Staff with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington said Monday that the autopsy has not been completed and a toxicology will be used before determing the official cause of death for both McCormack and her son.
An obituary available on the Wallingford Funeral Home website Monday identified the child as Caleb J. Riley. He was the son of her fiancé, Joshua Michael Riley.
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Lt. Glen King said Monday that it could be “four to six weeks” before an official cause of death is determined because the autopsy results are pending toxicology reports. Autopsy results and cause of death will be released when they become available, he said.
The Wallingford Police Department has determined that there was no foul play involved and the deaths have been ruled as “untimely,” police said.
The case is being investigated as an accidental drug overdose, police confirmed, although the drugs that were discovered have been identified only as narcotics. An initial police report said it is believed that McCormack fell onto her son, smothering him to death.
McCormack, 27, was born in New Haven and grew up in Wallingford, according to the obituary. She and her fiancé had already been living on High Street when she gave birth to Caleb Riley in November 2011.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wallingford Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wallingford.
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