2-year-old starved to death after father died of natural causes, sheriff says

GENEVA, N.Y. — Nine months after a young child and his father were found dead in a New York apartment, investigators said the child died of starvation after his father died of natural causes.

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David Conde Sr., 59, and his 2-year-old son David Conde Jr. were found in their Geneva home on Feb. 15, reported. At the time, investigators said there was no obvious cause of death or visible trauma to the victims.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said that its investigation determined that Conde Sr. died from cardiovascular disease and his son died of starvation, WHAM reported.

“This has been a tough one for all of us who worked it from day one,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Cirencione told the Finger Lakes Times. “Once we ruled out carbon monoxide (as the cause of death), we sadly knew this was a likely cause. This is a very, very sad case.”

The pair were found dead during a welfare check performed after concerned family members told deputies they hadn’t heard from Conde in over a week, according to WHEC. Conde had no known medical conditions.

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