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21-month-old East Hills' boy's death called not natural

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By Bill Zlatos
Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Results of lab tests on the body of a 21-month-old boy might not be available for six to 24 weeks, an official with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said on Sunday.

The boy, Xavier Washington, died in his apartment in East Hills Phase Ii about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. The office said the death was not natural and commissioned the tests after Saturday's autopsy.

The medical examiner spokesman said the boy's body was found on the living room floor. “(The parents) thought he was sleeping, but he actually passed away,” he said.

A man at the apartment who identified himself as the grandfather said the family declined to comment on the death.

The apartment is in a green, three-story unit in a multi-colored complex. The home is two doors from a day-care center.

Security officers at the complex said they never responded to calls at that unit. Neighbors said they were not familiar with the family and did not know what happened before the boy died.

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or

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