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Baby's death probed

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

The Norwalk Police Department is investigating the mysterious circumstances of the death of a 10-month-old Norwalk boy.

Donavan Ian Allen Paul Lykins died Sunday at Akron Children's Hospital. The infant first went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center after an incident about 1 a.m. Saturday, then was flown by helicopter to the Akron hospital, where he died, Norwalk Law Director Jim Conway said.

He lived with his mother, Gwen M. Herber, at a Bouscay Avenue apartment, the prosecutor said.

"I can't comment on the investigation at this time," said Conway, who is awaiting reports from the hospital and Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Joe Orlando, spokesman for the medical examiner's office, said the cause of death is pending, but the coroner completed the autopsy Monday.

"From what I understand, it was a questionable death," he said, explaining that authorities are taking "deliberate care" in doing a complete review of police and hospital reports and looking for "consistencies."

"We are treating this death as suspicious. ... We are considering all possibilities," Orlando continued.

Akron Children's Hospital spokeswoman Laurie Schueler was unable to find a time of death, because Donavan was no longer listed in the computer database of patients.

"Without the approval of the parents, I can't release detailed medical information," she said.

The investigating officer, Detective Jim Fulton, could not be reached for comment, and Chief Kevin Cashen is in Washington attending a seminar.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court.

In addition to his mother, Donovan is survived by his father, Shaun M. Lykins of Norwalk; maternal grandparents, Tina and Mitch Case of Norwalk and Robert and Stacey Herber of Milan; a half brother, Trenton Lykins of Norwalk; paternal grandparents, Sheryl Hackathorn of Castalia and Kenn Morgan of Norwalk; paternal great-grandparents, Lawrence and Constance Hurst of Norwalk; maternal great-grandparents, James and Carolyn Janey of Norwalk, August Herber of Huron and Theodore and Joy Clime of Collins; great-great-grandmothers, Pauline Janey of Gallipolis and Myrtle Quillen of Middleport; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Donovan's obituary was published Monday in the Reflector.

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