Sirens & Gavels

Charges sought in death of boy, 4

Investigators are seeking a vehicular homicide charge against the father of a 4-year-old boy who died near Mount Spokane last summer.

Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North Wallis Road and East Elliot Road.

His father, Lester C. LaFleur, told authorities the boy fell from atop his parked 1985 Ford F-250 pickup.

But investigators received conflicting reports of what happened and searched the truck for hair fibers, fingerprints and other evidence to understand the circumstances surrounding the death. An autopsy said the boy died of a bruised and cut right lung, according to court documents. The boy's uncle says the family feels they're being treated unfairly. 

Read the rest of my story here. Check past coverage here.




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