SIOUX CITY – Sioux City police have released the name of the 6-year-old boy whose suspicious death they are investigating.
The child, Manuel Ramirez, was a first-grader at Irving Elementary School.
Police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said Thursday that the officer in charge of the case was present at Wednesday’s autopsy by the state medical examiner and has reported that no cause of death will be available for six to eight weeks, the time it will take to get toxicology test results.
The school sent a letter to the parents of every student in Manuel’s class on Tuesday advising them of the death. The letter also let parents know that the school counselor had visited their child’s class to talk about it and that further counseling is available as needed.
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The letter, from Irving Principal Rich McGrath, encourages parents to talk to their student about the loss of their classmate.
“Students have varied reactions to the death of a peer,” the letter says. “Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal to crying and anger. I encourage you to openly discuss with your child his/her reactions and feelings regarding the death of Manuel.”
District spokeswoman Alison Benson said the children were not told anything about the death being investigated.
Police were called at 9 p.m. Monday to the boy’s home at 1417 Jackson St., where they found Manuel dead in the bathroom.