Toddler’s death brings criminal investigation

Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

March 14, 2014

An investigation is underway in relation to the death of a Grayson County toddler who died after ingesting a lethal cocktail of prescription medications in January.

Autopsy results have been completed which pinpoint the cause of 23-month old Keaton Runsvold’s death, according to Trooper Jeff Gregory, with Kentucky State Police.

Gregory explained that there is already a criminal investigation being conducted by KSP, though they are still “waiting on a couple more tests to come back.”

Once all of the information is in hand, Gregory explained that it will be given to local Commonwealth’s Attorney David Williams, whose office will take over from there and determine if any person or persons will be prosecuted in relation to the toddler’s death.

The autopsy, which was performed on Jan. 17 at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville, revealed that Runsvold had consumed three prescription medications - alprazolam, clonazepam, and oxycodone.

Gregory said that KSP’s investigation revealed that all three medications were legally prescribed to Runsvold’s maternal grandmother, Lana Brown, with whom the child was staying at the time of his death.

KSP, along with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Grayson County EMS, responded to Brown’s residence at 104 Cherry Street in Caneyville at just after 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 when the toddler was found unresponsive by a family member who called E-911 Dispatch.

Runsvold was taken to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room by ambulance, and was pronounced dead at 9:36 a.m.

An initial press release from KSP indicated that interviews with the child’s caretakers suggested he had died after consuming household cleaners, however this no longer appears to be the case.

The lead investigator in the case is Detective Aaron Gabhart, of Kentucky State Police Post 4.