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Police: Death of Winooski toddler was homicide

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Those who knew 14-month-old Peighton Geraw say he was a dream baby. Staff members at the day care where he used to spend time say he was always smiling and happy.

But his life was tragically cut short. On the afternoon of April 4, emergency services responded to a home on Malletts Bay Avenue in Winooski after receiving reports that a baby had stopped breathing. The child was then transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington and pronounced dead shortly after.

And now police say that Peighton Geraw was killed.

"The death certificate which was issued by the medical examiner [Thursday] listed the manner of death as a homicide and the cause as trauma to the head and neck," said Sgt. Mike Warren of the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations.

Detectives with CUSI released few details about the investigation. They declined to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding the death, whether they have any suspects or who the baby boy actually lived with.

"Anytime that anyone is killed as a result of a homicide it's obviously a tragedy, even more so when it's a child. You know obviously it affects us, the investigators, everyone involved. It's stressful working on these cases and the investigators do everything they can to try and get answers so that people can understand what happened," Warren said.

The Vermont Department of Corrections says the baby's mom Nytosha LaForce, 28, is currently behind bars. She was arrested for a parole violation about two weeks after Peighton died. She's now serving 2-10 years for a 2006 aggravated assault and smuggling drugs and alcohol into a correctional facility. She is slated to remain in prison until February 2017.

There is no indication as to whether the child's mother was involved in the homicide at all. And again, police have not named any suspects.

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