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5-year-old boy's death in Blackstone investigated as a homicide

Tyson Tharpe (Source: GoFundMe) Tyson Tharpe (Source: GoFundMe)
BLACKSTONE, VA (WWBT) -

The Nottoway Sheriff's Office says a 5-year-old boy's death in Blackstone is being investigated as a homicide. 

The sheriff's office says on March 20, 911 dispatchers received a call from the mother of Tyson James Tharpe of Riddle Road in Blackstone, for medical assistance. Tyson Tharpe was treated at the scene and transported to Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he was pronounced dead.

The Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond ruled that Tharpe died from blunt force trauma to the head, as a homicide. The sheriff's office and Virginia State Police are now investigating.  

No suspects have been named. County child protective services confirms they are investigating, as well, and that Tyson's siblings are staying with other family members. 

There's been a tremendous outpouring of community support for Tyson's family. A GoFundMe page was created to help the family with funeral expenses, raising more than $15,000 so far. 

NBC12 reach out to Tyson's family, but haven't heard back.

Anyone with information about Tharpe's death is asked to call Crime Solvers at (434) 645-7111.

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