Three dead in Flint, carbon monoxide poisoning likely - WNEM TV 5

Three dead in Flint, carbon monoxide poisoning likely

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Picture of Selena Edwards (Carranza) provided by family Picture of Selena Edwards (Carranza) provided by family
11-year-old Jayson Cobbin 11-year-old Jayson Cobbin

Three people are dead in Flint - including an 11-year-old boy.  Carbon monoxide poisoning appears to be the cause of death, according to an investigator on the scene.

Police have identified the deceased as 43-year-old LeTroy Edwards, 37-year-old Selena Carranza and 11-year-old Jayson Cobbin.

Emergency crews were called to the 600 block of Foss Avenue in Flint after another family member in the home noticed that the two adults were not breathing.

"I woke up this morning and noticed them lying there," said Selena Edwards‘ sister, Angie.

Selena's 11-year-old son Jason was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said that a poorly ventilated fireplace may be to blame.

According to the Flint Journal, Consumers Energy investigators say the home has tested negative for carbon monoxide.

A representative for the utility also says that any evidence of carbon monozide may have cleared by the time the test was done, about 3 hours after the victims were found.

Dozens of family members, friends and neighbors gathered outside of the home to pay their respects, including Troy Edwards' father - Roy Reeves.

"I just don't know what to say," said Reeves.

Reeves was looking forward to spending Christmas with his son, it had become a tradition.

"We usually come over here every Christmas… and have dinner," Reeves explained.  

"We had some differences in the past, but we were getting better," he added.

Reeves said that his son enjoyed fixing things and talked about several projects he was working on including a car restoration he had in the garage.

Reeves expressed sadness that he did not get another chance to speak with his son.

"You just never know when these things can happen," Reeves said. "Whatever problems you have with people or family… you should work them out," he added.

Investigators said autopsies will be performed, but could take weeks to complete.  

Update to the story that aired: Police have identified the 37-year woman as Selena Carranza. The family had previously identified her as Selena Edwards.

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