Death of 2-year-old in Kipnuk investigated

Associated PressJune 4, 2012 

Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child in the western Alaska village of Kipnuk.

Troopers say the child was brought to the Kipnuk clinic Saturday afternoon by the child's 36-year-old father, Lester Pavila. The child's name and gender were not immediately released.

According to troopers, the child was vomiting and having difficulty breathing, and then stopped breathing at the clinic.

Troopers say health care workers tried to resuscitate the child, who was declared dead 30 minutes after arrival at the clinic.

The child's body was being sent to Anchorage for an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office.

Kipnuk is a Yupik Eskimo community of 640. The village is near the coast of the Bering Sea, about 475 miles west of Anchorage.

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