YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Three-year-old Quinton Alli’s death was not due to cold but rather a heart condition, according to the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office.
Forensic Pathologist and Deputy Coroner Dr. Joseph Ohr said the boy’s heart was misshapen.
Youngstown police investigated the case after Alli died on the back porch of his South Side home over the weekend.
Quinton was found dead on an enclosed back porch at 2807 South Ave. shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday. Police said the child was found just wearing his underwear.
He lived at the home with his cousins and five of his brothers and sisters. Police said the home would get overly warm for some of the 11 people living there. Family members would often open the porch door to cool off.
Police said they don’t expect charges to be filed.
“It’s very tragic. The family was very close to Quinton. He was 3 years old. He was the baby. I think he came from a pretty loving family. They were all very broke up. That’s why we couldn’t go back and talk to the rest of the family until Sunday. I don’t think there was any abuse or neglect here,” said Det. Sgt. Ron Rodway.
According to a police report, the officer who arrived found the boy on a mattress inside the house. Someone apparently moved the boy from outside to the indoor mattress.
Stacy Gilmore said that Quinton had been put in her care temporarily by the Children’s Services Board and that Quinton was known to wander during the night, according to the police report.
Gilmore added that she last saw Quinton at 11 p.m. Friday night and found him at 8:52 Saturday morning. She also said the back door does not latch properly and that she normally places large jars of items in front of the door to keep it closed. Officers found one such jar upon arriving at the scene.