HARMONY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The death of a 2-year-old toddler is subject of a county-wide investigation in Chautauqua County.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating along with aid from other local police and New York State Police. Police say first responders rushed to a 911 call for an unresponsive child in Chautauqua County’s Harmony on Monday night at 11:20 p.m. First responders worked to perform CPR to toddler Joshua A. Jock Jr., but the child couldn’t be revived. He was pronounced dead at WCA Hospital.
Police wouldn’t immediately confirm the location of his death, but did confirm that it was deemed suspicious. An autopsy is underway at the Erie County Medical Center to help learn more about the child’s death.
A full-fledged investigation on Tuesday included the home of the toddler’s caretaker, Paula Mason. Inside, investigators in white suits collected evidence. The scene also harbored Mason’s Harmony daycare, Little Racer’s Daycare. That day care’s license has since been suspended according to New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
On Tuesday morning, police took into custody a 14-year-old who was home at the time of the child’s death. Officials say the 14-year-old was Mason’s daughter. Sources close to the investigation suggest the 14-year-old and her mother have some relation to the toddler and his family.
21-year-old Joshua A. Jock Sr., the father of the 2-year-old, says he and his girlfriend, Whitney Whalen, were crestfallen when they lost Mr. Jock’s namesake. Jock released pictures of the child to News 4.
Mr. Jock and his mother Donna Jock say Child Protective Services took the toddler into custody on suspicion that the baby was malnourished. The toddler briefly spent time in a home in Jamestown before transitioning to the custody of Paula Mason.
The Jock family says they were hoping to begin to regain custody within six months.
An investigation is still continuing but no charges have been filed as of yet.