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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:53 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Justin Cox and Natalie T. Hull

Killeen Daily Herald

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death of a 9-month-old boy on Fort Hood on Saturday.

"This case is in no way connected to the recent death of a 2-year-old boy on Fort Hood," said Chris Grey, director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. "Both of these tragic death cases are totally unrelated."

Coryell County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Bill Price pronounced a male infant dead at 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. Price said he was first contacted at 8:30 that morning in reference to a child who had suffered undisclosed injuries.

Price said he ordered a full autopsy to be performed on the child at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The child's name has not been released to the public. Price said he is referring all other matters related to the circumstances surrounding the death to Fort Hood's Criminal Investigation Division.

Grey confirmed that the infant is the son of an Army family.

On Oct. 2, 2-year-old Deion Swinton was pronounced dead at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at 6:40 p.m. by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Officials said the two deaths are not related.

The cause of death for Deion Swinton is pending results of toxicology and histology, according to the preliminary autopsy report released by Cooke's office.

"Command officials want to stress that this incident is in no way related to the death of a child last week," stated a news release issued Tuesday by the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.

Both deaths are being investigated by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command.

Fort Hood public affairs officials would not provide details of either death because the investigations are ongoing.

"We don't discuss the specifics of an ongoing investigation," Grey said on Friday.

Grey said Deion's father is a soldier stationed at Fort Hood.

Contact Justin Cox at jcox@kdhnews.com or contact Natalie Hull at nhull@kdhnews.com

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