A 2-year-old New York boy died of starvation after his dad passed away from heart disease, leaving the toddler alone in their upstate home, authorities said.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released the official causes of death of 59-year-old David Conde Sr. and his toddler son, David Conde Jr., nine months after the two were discovered inside their home on Hamilton Street in Geneva.
Deputies said that the father died first of natural causes resulting from heart disease.
His 2-year-old son then died of malnourishment sometime later.
“It is believed Mr. Conde passed away first and the child was not able to obtain any nourishment after his father passed,” deputies wrote in the news release cited by Syracuse.com.
Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Cirencione said the tragic conclusion of this case did not come as a surprise to investigators.
“Once we ruled out carbon monoxide [as the cause of death], we sadly knew this was a likely cause,” Cirencione told Finger Lakes Times. “This a very, very sad case.”
Deputies were called to the Condes’ apartment on Feb. 15, 2022, to perform a welfare check at the request of family members after the father and son hadn’t been seen or heard from in a week.
The boy and his dad were found together in the bedroom with no signs of trauma on the bodies, officials said at the time.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported that Conde Sr. obtained custody of his son shortly after his birth, and that the boy’s mom did not seem to be in his life.
Conde Jr.’s obituary stated that the toddler had just learned to walk after several surgeries and months of rehabilitation due to an undisclosed medical condition.
The boy is survived by his mother, Michelle Travers, and seven siblings.
The investigation into the dad and son’s deaths has been officially closed, deputies said.