Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child who died Sunday, Jan. 16.

Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said his agency first learned that Searsmont Ambulance had taken a call at a residence in that town around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Deputy Darrin Moody responded to assist the ambulance,” Keating said. A 2-year-old child at that residence was taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where Keating said the child later died. Moody followed the ambulance to the hospital in his cruiser, according to Keating.

WCGH spokeswoman Andrea Walker confirmed that a 2-year-old child was brought to the hospital Sunday afternoon, and that the child “passed away shortly after” having been brought in. She said she could not provide any additional information about the incident.

According to an obituary received Tuesday, Jan. 18, the 2-year-old child was Brantin D. Webster, of Searsmont.

Keating said once the Sheriff’s Office learned of Webster’s death, it contacted the Criminal Investigation Division of the Maine State Police. Keating said that is standard procedure in cases when a young child dies, and he said CID has been investigating the case since that time.

Lt. Gary Wright of CID II (the northern division, which encompasses eight counties, including Waldo County) said Tuesday, Jan. 18, the investigation into Webster’s death remains ongoing.

Wright said Maine State Police officials are required to investigate all cases in which a child younger than 3 years old dies.

An autopsy has been conducted, according to Wright, and the results are pending. Wright said it is not unusual for it to take time before autopsy results are finalized.

Wright dismissed rumors that the child’s death had been labeled suspicious.

“We’re not calling it a suspicious death at this point,” he said. “The best way to describe it, at this point, is that it’s unexplained.”

Wright said it is difficult to estimate how long the investigation might take to complete, because some of the medical information required to make a determination “sometimes takes awhile” before it is available.

Keating and Wright both said that police involvement in the case should not be considered unusual or out of the ordinary. Keating said officers are often called to respond to similar situations, or sometimes they will hear information on the scanner and take it upon themselves to respond.

“The fact the Sheriff’s Office was involved is to be expected,” said Wright. “The fact that we got called is to be expected, as well.”