Metro-East News

Renault boy’s death ruled accidental; case headed to state’s attorney

Findings of an investigation into the March 17 death of Jase C. Tojo, 2, of Renault, are headed to the Monroe County State’s Attorney even though the death was ruled accidental by the county coroner.

Sheriff Neil Rohlfing said Friday that investigators hoped to turn the case over to State’s Attorney Kris Reitz next week for him to determine whether any charges would be filed.

An announcement from Coroner Vicki Koerber’s office stated Tojo suffocated. Contributing factors to the boy’s death included “respiratory complications” and “co-sleeping,” according to the statement.

“We have a pretty extensive investigation and lots of interviews,” Rohlfing said.

He said that during the investigation, police learned Tojo died sometime overnight but his mother waited until 10:55 a.m. March 17 to call 911. The mother, Tojo, a younger baby and the mother’s boyfriend were home at the time police responded. Rohlfing said the boyfriend was not the father of the two children.

“The boyfriend did admit to drinking (March 16), but we don’t know to what extent,” Rohlfing said. “The (911) call wasn’t made until the following day.”