By Sarah N. PfeiferThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – A 4-year-old girl and her mother were among several dozen children to be evacuated from a Washington suburb to a pediatric hospital Tuesday, hours after a child’s death at a local preschool was ruled a suicide.
The girl’s father told NBC News he and his wife were forced to flee their home in suburban Loudoun County after they heard a child crying outside.
He said they had been staying at the preschool when the girl’s mother, Misha, told them she was depressed.
The child’s mother called 911 to report that the child had been crying, then drove to the Loudoun Regional Medical Center.
The hospital confirmed the child was dead at 10:30 a.m.
The boy’s father said the boy was not wearing a mask or breathing.
He didn’t want to give his last name, saying the family would seek help.
The Loudoun Police Department issued a statement saying a deputy was dispatched to the scene and determined the child’s body was not a suicide, but a homicide.
A police spokeswoman declined to say whether the boy had been taken to a hospital.
Loudoun County officials said it was too early to say how many people were evacuated.
The Loudoun Elementary School building and its parking lot were shuttered while officials assessed the situation.
The county has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, with heroin and fentanyl cases at historic highs and overdose deaths on the rise.
It has been dealing with a spike in drug use among youths and their parents and the death of a 4-month-old boy.
Lets just hope we don’t lose more of our children and we never lose a child.
That’s what I would ask of anyone who could care for one.