The child was born with an undiagnosed medical issue and had learned to walk after undergoing several operations throughout his brief life.
After his father passed away at their home in upstate New York, a 2-year-old left alone starved to death, officials said. In their apartment in Geneva, which is located about 45 miles southeast of Rochester and 55 miles southwest of Syracuse, David Conde Sr., 59, and David Conde Jr., 2, were discovered dead on February 15, 2022. According to NBC News, a statement from the Ontario County Sheriff's Department stated that the father passed away naturally from "cardiovascular disease." According to the sheriff, the toddler's death was caused by malnutrition, and it was determined that it happened accidentally.
“It is believed that Mr. Conde passed away first, and the child was not able to obtain any nourishment after his father passed,” the sheriff concluded. Investigators have concluded that there were no indications of foul play or forced entry inside the apartment where the duo was last seen alive on January 22. Conde Sr. had not been heard from in a number of weeks when police were summoned to the residence to check on his wellbeing, according to Lt. Joseph Murphy on Thursday. The child wasn't in daycare, and neither of them had been reported missing. Since then, authorities have tracked down and spoken with the mother of the child. The listed phone numbers for the family could not be used to contact them.
When the late father and son were discovered dead inside their apartment at Serenity Manor on February 15, the cause of death wasn't immediately apparent because neither had any outward symptoms of trauma. The Democrat & Chronicle stated that police were summoned to the flat to check on the residents' welfare after they had not been seen for a week. Deputies needed assistance from housing employees to access the flat since the door was deadbolted when they got there. According to the assessment, the house was tidy and the youngster had access to both food and clothing. “There were no signs of a struggle in the residence,” Ontario County Sheriff’s Lt. David Cirencione said at the time. “We do not have any reason to believe anybody else was in the apartment when these two passed away.”
As per the Christian Post, Cirencione stated that on Tuesday, February 15, at 12:45 pm, a 911 request for a welfare check was placed. Cirencione said that it had been at least seven to ten days prior to that Tuesday since anybody had heard from the father and son, who were last seen at the residence on January 22. Despite being born with an undiagnosed medical issue, the child was able to learn how to walk after undergoing several operations and other treatments throughout his brief life, read his obituary. “David was born in Rochester on October 29, 2019, a beautiful baby boy with curly locks, that had a determined smile and sweet disposition,” the obituary said.
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