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NEW DETAILS: Fayette County deputies tentatively rule out carbon monoxide as cause of child deaths

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Two children were found dead Tuesday afternoon in their Fayette County home.

Fayette County sheriff's deputies said the children, a 3-month-old boy and a 1-year-old girl were unconscious and not breathing when they were found at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11.  The kids lived at a home on Lot 44 of the Mountainair Mobile Home Park.  Deputies who were called to the home performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.  The children were taken to Plateau Medical Center where they were pronounced dead after extensive efforts were made to revive them.

A third child was also in the home at the time, a 4-year-old boy.  He was also taken to Plateau Medical Center, but officials said that there was no indication he was harmed.  The names of the children have not been released.

The cause of death is not known right now, but the Detective Bureau with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office is still investigating. The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner's office.

A search warrant was served at the home, but according to Capt. James Sizemore with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, that did not mean that criminal charges would be pressed.  In fact, Capt. Sizemore said that no arrests had been made and none were expected.  He also said there did not appear to be anything suspicious about the deaths.

There were some rumors that the children may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Deputies have tentatively ruled that out as a cause of death.  That is because firefighters with the Oak Hill Fire Departments checked the area with a carbon monoxide detector.  Capt. Sizemore said that there was no indication of any carbon monoxide in the home.

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