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Parkland boy’s death investigated as homicide; no arrests made

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 20, 2011 at 10:17 am |
April 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a 3-year-old Parkland boy last week as a homicide.

Detectives have made no arrests in Zebidah Izaya Ronald Pluff’s April 13 death.

“We are working it,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said today.

Deputies were initially called to the boy’s home in the 1300 block of 120th Street South the morning of April 13 after Zebidah was found dead.

Investigators were initially told Zebidah had not been feeling well for a couple of days, Troyer said. Upon further investigation, detectives and deputies “saw things that made them suspicious” and launched a death investigation, Troyer said.

After the autopsy, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Zebidah’s death a homicide. Troyer said the boy died of homicidal violence but declined to be more specific.

Zebidah was a member of the Puyallup Tribe. Troyer said detectives are looking into who was caring for the boy and working with the tribe on their investigation.

“We are looking at who the kid was around,” Troyer said.

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