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More tests required for December, February deaths at Fort Drum

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FORT DRUM — Army investigators are continuing to review cases involving the deaths within the past four months of a 4-year-old boy and two soldiers from the post in separate cases .

Christopher P. Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Quantico, Va., said in an email Wednesday afternoon that investigations into the deaths were open and ongoing. He added that the command would not release any further details now.

There is no connection among the three deaths.

The 4-year-old, who has yet to be named, died Dec. 10 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, after being taken by ambulance to the hospital from an on-post residence.

Post officials have declined to identify the child or his family, citing privacy concerns.

Laura C. Cerow, commissioner of the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, said that her department’s investigation into the death has closed, but that the department is still tracking the progress of the case.

She said that 60 days after a death, DSS’s continued involvement means that either the department had filed a petition in Jefferson County Family Court or the family has requested preventive services. Such a request would assign a case officer to the family to avoid any other children in the home from being placed in foster care. She said she could not say how the department has proceeded since the conclusion of the 60-day period.

The deaths of two soldiers also are being reviewed.

Sgt. Carl E. Brock died Dec. 17 at his on-post residence, operated by Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes.

Sgt. Brock, 28, Claremore, Okla., was a communications transmission systems operator with the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Results were also limited for the investigation into the death of Pfc. Michael A. Gorman of the 710 Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who was found dead in his barracks room on Feb. 5.

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