Troy child's death ruled homicide

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 25, 2020 06:17 PM
Created: February 25, 2020 02:33 PM

TROY - Police say the suspicious death of a 6-year-old boy is now a homicide investigation.

NewsChannel 13 first told you Davonte Paul was found unresponsive in a bathtub earlier this month.


Two-and-a-half-weeks after the police were called to the home of Davonte Paul to respond to reports that the 6-year-old boy had drowned in a bathtub, investigators have now concluded that he died of hypothermic shock.

Hypothermia sets in when your body core temperature dips lower than 95 degrees. Standard body temp is 98.6 degrees and Captain Steve Barker tells NewsChannel 13 Davonte had a body temperature of 88.3 degrees when he was checked at the hospital. He remained in a coma for two days until his death.

NewsChannel 13 also learned the mother's boyfriend, Kevin Cox, was found at the Berkshire Inn overdosed on a lethal dose of heroin. A second syringe with another lethal dose of heroin was also found in the Pittsfield hotel room, believed to have been intended for her. Investigators have learned in the days following Davonte's death, the two came up with a suicide pact that they planned to carry out.

Cox is currently in grave condition in a Massachusetts hospital.

Police are still investigating and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Troy Police at 518-270-4421 - or anonymously at the Troy police website.

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