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Foul play not suspected in Renault boy’s death

Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing said Friday the death of a 2-year-old Renault boy likely wasn’t the result of foul play.

“The preliminary autopsy didn’t appear to be any foul play,” Rohlfing said.

He said the state and local investigators dispatched to probe the death of Jase C. Tojo were rushing the results of a pending toxicology report before the investigation closes. Those results could come as soon as the end of the day Friday, he said.

Deputies first responded at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday to a report of an unresponsive child at a home on North Main Street in unincorporated Renault. Illinois State Police and Department of Children and Family Services investigators were summoned shortly after.

“Typically a 2-year-old child doesn’t die in his sleep,” Rohlfing said. “If it was an adult or an elderly subject, it would be a different story. But it’s a child. We want to look at every angle we can.”

A visitation for Tojo is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Quernheim Funeral Home, 800 S. Market St. in Waterloo. A funeral service there will begin at 3 p.m. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Maeysville following the service.

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