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More testing ordered on 9 year old found dead in Harrisburg

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Aug 5, 2014 2:27 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Dauphin County Coroner is ordering more testing on the body of a 9 year old found dead in Harrisburg.

In a statement, Graham Hetrick says more studies are necessary before determining the cause and manner of death of Jarrod Tutko Junior.

An autopsy was performed on Tutko Junior this morning.

The 9 year old was found dead Friday night inside a house in uptown Harrisburg.

Jarrod Tutko Senior, the boy's father, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

He's being held in Dauphin County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Dauphin County Children and Youth Services Assistant Administrator Kirsten Johnson released the following statement:

"This case is one of the most disturbing cases to which our children and youth personnel has had to respond.” 
 
“Under Pennsylvania law, I am greatly constrained from pouring my heart out and discussing the sad details of this matter.” 
 
“I can assure you that our Children and Youth Services agency has been and will continue to cooperate with and assist the District Attorney's Office and the Harrisburg City Police to be sure justice is brought to this deceased child."
 
“In accordance with our child death investigative protocol, law enforcement and child protective services will conduct a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child's death.  Additionally, there is an independent review process by the state Department of Public Welfare, and that process begins within 24 hours of a death.”

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