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Shawn Sylvester Jr. 

Grandmother of slain boy says witnesses must come forward


ALEXANDRIA — It’s been more than four months after Shawn Sylvester Jr. died, and family members are troubled that no arrests have been made, though they have faith that law enforcement will solve the case.

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“It’s frustrating not having an arrest after four months,” said the boy’s grandmother, who asked not to be identified.
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The case will likely not be solved, she said, until some witnesses come forward.
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“(Authorities) are actively interviewing people and those who truly want to help need to cooperate and/or come forward,” she said, saying she couldn’t go into more detail.
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Sylvester Jr. was 11 months old when he died on Nov. 15 of blunt-impact head trauma suffered two days before, according to authorities. His death, which came eight days before his first birthday, was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner.
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Family members say the boy was staying with his mother, Dee Sylvester, and her boyfriend, Tommy Page, at a Fowler River Road home at the time his fatal injuries occurred. The boy’s father, Shawn Sylvester Sr., was not at the home when the injury occurred, family members said.
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Family members say they are being told “it’s not unusual” for charges not to have been filed after more than four months.
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“We know there will eventually be charges,” she said. “I’d rather be frustrated at how long it’s taking than be worried if the case will ever be solved.
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“We know his case is a priority to the investigators, and we believe they are leaving no stone unturned.”
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dseufert@newstote.com
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