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Morning car chase tied to suspicious death of child

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — What looked like two separate crimes in Brunswick County now appear to be very closely connected.

Shallotte Police say a car chase that ended with a crash involving sheriff’s deputies came on the heels of the suspicious death of a young child.

Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause tells us that the suspect in the chase, Montey Andrea Murray, dropped a three-year-old boy off at Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia this morning. Afterwards, he was involved in a high-speed chase with sheriff’s deputies.

They eventually used a PIT maneuver to stop him on US-17 near Shallotte. The collision damaged two cruisers.

Gause says the child was pronounced dead at the hospital. He says the boy’s death has been ruled suspicious, and his body was sent to Jacksonville for an autopsy.

He also says investigators have requested search warrants to look around Murray’s home. Gause has called in sheriff’s investigators and the SBI to help.

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