Wilder McDaniel death ruled undetermined

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The cause of death report for two-year-old Wilder McDaniel lists the cause and manner of death as undermined.
Kfdx received the report this afternoon from Judge Janice Sons, Justice of the Peace precinct one- place one.

The one-page report was done by the examining pathologist, Dr. Stephen Hastings of Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas.

 In most cases, a medical examiner may classify the cause of death as undetermined at the conclusion of an autopsy if he does not understand the intent or if he cannot say for sure what caused the death.
Our newsroom has requested the full autopsy results from the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office but has not received those results yet.

The autopsy was completed last Thursday, according to Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, who’s the Dallas County medical examiner. 

Earlier that same day, Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego had a police briefing to discuss the investigation. 

When Wilder’s body was found at a home on Irving Place on October 11th, Borrego said it was investigated as a homicide like all child death cases.

On October 22nd, police conducted a follow-up evidence search at the home of James Staley. 
Borrego said evidence taken from the home was taken to a lab.

Wilder’s parents have hired their own attorney out of Dallas. Christopher Lee says his law firm intends to carry out a full investigation, and if appropriate, file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of Wilder.

Stick with Texomashomepage as we work to gather more information.

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