Tests continue after death of 2-year-old boy
Pasco sheriff's detectives are still looking for answers in the death of a toddler over the weekend, after an autopsy on Tuesday proved inconclusive. Hayden Melton, 2, was rushed to the hospital Saturday after his mother, Melissa Scott, 27, pulled into a 7-Eleven on State Road 52 to talk to a Pasco County sheriff's deputy, agency spokesman Kevin Doll said. Doll would not say what Scott told the deputy, but said the deputy called Pasco Fire Rescue to treat the boy. Hayden was airlifted that afternoon and died sometime Sunday at All Children's Hospital. The Sheriff's Office launched an investigation, which Doll said is standard practice in all child death cases. The medical examiner's autopsy on Tuesday was inconclusive, pending further tests, Doll said. Jason Collier, who lives with Scott and her children at 7328 Gulf Breeze Circle, said Hayden had been hurt earlier in the week, but none of his injuries seemed life-threatening. "It's been a series of accidents throughout the week, and we didn't take him to the hospital because he seemed fine," Collier told the Times on Tuesday. He declined to elaborate on any of those incidents.
Electric co-op's manager honored
Billy E. Brown, the longtime general manager of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, recently earned a top honor from a national trade group of electric co-ops. At the March 4-7 meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Brown received the 2012 president's award, which company spokesman David Lambert compared to a "lifetime achievement award." In a release, association CEO Glenn English said Withlacoochee "has become an example for all co-ops across the nation." Brown has been general manager since 1973 and started with the co-op in 1956. During his tenure, the company has grown from 3,000 members to more than 200,000.
Fundraiser for ill student
A fundraiser for Aaron Klingebiel will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday at Beef O'Brady's, 27315 State Road 54. Aaron, a student at Weightman Middle School, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and underwent surgery in December. Proceeds from this event will provide Aaron and his family with funding for medical expenses.
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