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    UT - Eli Rutchey, 2, smothered to death, mom charged, Aug 2013

    Cache County police found the body of a 2-year-old boy inside a home after his mother went to the hospital with an unknown medical condition.

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=2672...cid=featured-2

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    http://www.heraldextra.com/news/loca...9bb2963f4.html

    When the 42-year-old woman checked herself into Logan Regional Hospital, police were asked by hospital staff to make a welfare check on the woman's young son. When police arrived at the River Heights home, the toddler was discovered dead from unknown causes.

    There were no obvious signs of trauma.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26728266&nid...cid=featured-2

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    But investigators weren't sure if his death was the result of a tragic accident or a homicide.

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    There were no obvious signs of trauma, but there was something about her condition, as well as questions about the welfare of her son, that prompted hospital staff to call police, Jensen said.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26735974&nid...cid=featured-4

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    An autopsy conducted Thursday on the body of Eli Rutchey listed the cause of death as "undetermined," according to the Cache County Sheriff's Office.
    Results from toxicology and pathology tests were still pending.

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=2673...cid=featured-3

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    Maybe carbon monoxide poisoning ?

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    It's certainly possible, though we generally see that in the winter with heaters.
    It has still been in the mid 80's to 90's there.

    http://www.weather.com/weather/5-day...+USUT0314:1:US

    I also don't know of any power outages in the area...
    and I would think if it was from recreational activities they wouldn't have been at home at the time.

    I also wondered about her overdosing the child and then having a mental break.
    I am very relieved to know he wasn't beaten to death, or strangled, etc.

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    I trust that ME will find the cause of death of this poor little one. I believe that whatever happened to cause the death of Eli will be discovered, but the mother holds the key to the answers. Poor little Eli. Rip, little one.

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    However, investigators said they have ruled out carbon monoxide as the reason his mother was sick or why the boy died.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26735974&nid=148

    Haven't seen anything else new... or an obituary for Eli.
    My Aunt died on June 23rd and we are still awaiting her final autopsy report - pending toxicology.

    Her cause of death was Pulmonary Emboli, but it can't be final until toxicology is complete.
    Hopefully Eli's will be faster since my Aunt was a natural death with no major investigation.

    (Relevant because it's the same ME's office, for those who don't know.)

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    The mother of a 2-year-old boy who died mysteriously in September was charged Friday with murder.

    Heidi Marie Rutchey, 42, was charged in 1st District Court with murder, a first-degree felony.

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    In 2002, the court was informed that Rutchey was admitted to the state hospital in Idaho for five months, court records state.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=27382521&nid...cid=featured-2

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    Doesn't say what she did. I am thinking poison??

    RIP little Eli. Hard to write that since I have an Eli. What ever took place, I hope it went quickly and painless.


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    http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/5...y-son.html.csp


    From the article...

    "Forensic tests determined that Eli had already been dead a week or more when law enforcement found his body. Court documents say the boy died as early as Aug. 27."

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    "After she was taken into custody, Rutchey told officers she had suffocated her son by placing her hand over his mouth and nose, the probable cause statement states. She then tried to kill herself by overdosing on medication."


    So tragic. From the sounds of it, she has long standing mental issues that were obviously not being dealt with.

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    Mother incompetent for trial in child's death, judge rules

    A judge says a northern Utah woman is not competent to stand trial on charges of murder in the death of her disabled 2-year-old son.

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=28519105&nid...s_cid=queue-10

    Disabled? How was Eli disabled?


    Swink said Rutchey was evaluated by two separate evaluators who both said she is presently incompetent.
    However, they do believe that with treatment, her competency will be restored and she will be able to assist her attorney in her defense.

    http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_...9bb2963f4.html


    The comments on this article claim Eli had Down syndrome.
    I have heard the same rumors when locals mention this case...
    I was hoping they were wrong.


    http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/5...y-son.html.csp

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    So tragic and needless.

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    http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news...222a67b2d.html

    A 43-year-old River Height's mother remains in the Utah State Hospital, reportedly still incompetent to stand trial in the death of her two-year-old son.

    Defense attorney David Perry appeared in 1st District Court Monday for Heidi Marie Rutchey's review hearing. Perry said hospital administrators told him, they have not been able to restore Rutchey's competency and she remains in Orem, receiving treatment...

    During Monday's review hearing, Judge Brandon Maynard scheduled another review hearing, January 25, 2016 to assess if Rutchey can then stand trial.

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    Where's the boy's father in all of this?? No mention of his involvement with last seeing son in MSM. I realize that the mom is still in hospital and we know of her involvement but I have not seen any MSM links about the dad.
    Just My Opinion

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