Campbell Co. Sheriff's Office investigates 3-year-old's death

Campbell Co. Sheriff's Office investigates 3-year-old's death

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Family members say Gabriella Orton died Tuesday evening in the LaFollette Medical Center's emergency room, but they don't know how or why she died. (source: family) Family members say Gabriella Orton died Tuesday evening in the LaFollette Medical Center's emergency room, but they don't know how or why she died. (source: family)
Family members say they just want answers. Family members say they just want answers.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) -  The sudden death of a LaFollette 3-year-old is raising questions and is now under investigation by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

Family members say Gabriella Orton died Tuesday evening in the LaFollette Medical Center's emergency room, but they don't know how or why she died.

"[She was a] spunky little baby from the day she was born. She loved everyone. She was precious," said Gabriella's grandmother, Pat Rezentes.

The 3-year-old with the infectious smile just celebrated her birthday last month. Now the Rezentes' want to know what happened Tuesday evening that killed their youngest grandchild.

"Gabby was a short munchkin, she made everyone light up," said Travis Rezentes, Gabriella's grandfather.

Family members tell 6 News the toddler spent Tuesday with her mother's boyfriend. Around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, they got a call saying Gabriella was at LaFollette Medical Center. Pat was greeted by police officers at the hospital, who later told them Gabriella died.

"I hope and pray whoever did this to my granddaughter dies," Pat said.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death.

Family members say they just want answers.

"I don't know what to say besides I miss her," Travis said.

To add to the grief, family members say Gabriella's three older brothers, who normally live with the Rezentes', are being cared for by the Department of Children's Services during the investigation. The couple hopes they'll be able to get their grandsons back soon, and get answers as to what happened to their granddaughter.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday a medical examiner was expected to perform an autopsy to help figure out how Gabriella died; however, it'll likely take weeks to get the results.
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