HARMONY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Following a 911 call of an unresponsive child, Chautauqua County first responders tried to revive 20 month-old Joshua Jock, Jr. He was pronounced dead at WCA Hospital.
The death is being considered suspicious.
The toddler had been left Monday night in the care of a 14 year-old girl, who was also watching her 16 month-old sister, according to sources.
It was in the home of Paula Mason who had gained custody of Joshua about six months ago according to the boy’s parents.
Joshua Jock, Sr. and Whitney Whalen, both 21 years-old and residents of Jamestown, said they had lost custody of their son more than a year ago on charges of neglect. The said they were trying to work with Child Protective Services to get their son back.
They say Paula Mason is Whitney’s aunt. They want to know what happened Monday night and why Mason wasn’t home with three children in the house.
The father told me he loved his son, who he said was a joy to be around.
“Perfect child. Always laughing,” said Joshua Jock, Sr. of his son. “Almost never cried. There’s always a smile on his face.”
The child’s grandmother, Donna Jock, said, “I believe that CPS should have worked a little bit harder with my son and his girlfriend, so they could have their child back.”
Paul Mason could not be reached to comment.
The Forensic Investigation Team went into the Mason home with a search warrant. The team is composed of experts from local police agencies.
Sheriff Joseph Gerace says the 14 year-old, who is believed to be Mason’s daughter, is cooperating with authorities.