Apparent death of boy at Balch Springs home sparks int'l investigation

An international investigation is now underway in the apparent death of a child. Court records show it involves an unusual religious ceremony in a Balch Springs home that also serves as a sanctuary.

A man told FOX 4 that he was the owner of the home in question.  He says his wife told him a 2-year-old boy who lives in the house fell out of a chair and died, and that the child's mother took him to Mexico, where he was buried.

Police say last Thursday morning, an anonymous caller told them a 2-year-old child died in a home in the 12000 block of Duke Street in Balch Springs, and no one called police or any EMS services.

The affidavit says a witness at the home says the child was alive Saturday, March 21 and dead the next day.

A witness also told police "A rising ceremony was done on Sunday the 22nd to attempt to resurrect the victim from the dead."

The affidavit states the little boy was wrapped in a blanket and taken back to Mexico. 

Investigators say they want to talk to the family members of the child to try and determine exactly what happened.

Police said they were not contacted until four days after the alleged incident.

Investigators say the parents could face anything from tampering with evidence to injury to a child that causes death, but until they find the child, they may never know what really happened to him. 

CPS confirmed it removed five children all under the age of 10 from that house and it has not had calls to that home prior to this incident.  None of the children in foster care are related to the 2-year-old boy who is missing and presumed dead. 

Multiple agencies are working the case, including local, state and federal authorities and Mexican authorities on both sides of the border.

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