Maine State Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy from Howland after being notified of the death Saturday evening.

According to Maine Public Safety Department spokesperson Shannon Moss, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office alerted State Police shortly after 6:30 Saturday evening.  The boy's mother rushed him to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln where he was pronounced dead.

As is standard protocol, the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit investigates the death of any child in Maine three years of age and younger. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the death, Moss said.

The Bangor Daily News reported the boy’s father, 38-year-old Justin Jenkins, Sr. was arrested for violating conditions of his bail from a previous domestic violence assault charge. Officials say Jenkins was "present" at the child's death. He's being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing. Moss said her agency would provide additional information when it’s available and appropriate.

Howland is just below Lincoln, Maine.

 

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