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ME: 3-year-old boy's death ruled homicide

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The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed the manner of death for a 3-year-old boy found in a home in Stafford was a homicide.

The cause of death for Leon Lapierre was acute methadone intoxication, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner stated.

Troopers were called to the home on Old Birch Road shortly before 9 a.m. on April 22. Leon was found dead at that home on Old Birch Road, police said. 

Connecticut State Police said there is an "open and active investigation" into the child's death.

The Department of Children and Families released a statement on Wednesday saying "The Department's staff is deeply saddened by the death of this young innocent boy. We had worked with the family and coordinated services to assist with the healthy development of the children, and the parents were participating in these efforts. Tragically Leon is another of the many victims of the opioid epidemic gripping the nation. We are conducting a careful review of our work to see how such tragedies may be prevented in the future, but that does nothing to diminish the deep loss suffered by Leon's family."

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