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Mother dies after police find her unresponsive with child in Westside house, child in good condition

5:01 PM, Jan 6, 2013   |    comments
Elizabeth Star Bryant, 22, was found unresponsive at her Westside home and later died at the hospital.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police were called to a Westide home on Chirping Way in the Blue Ridge neighborhood off of 103rd Street at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

The friends of the 22-year-old woman who lived there were concerned about her because they hadn't seen her for about two days.

Once inside police found Elizabeth Star Bryant in her bathroom unconscious and her 18-month-old son by her side.

Bryant died at the hospital.

The child is safe and in the care of a relative, according to John Harrell a spokesperson with the Department of Children and Families.

Harrell says it's not clear how long the child had been with unresponsive mother. No other children were home at the time.

Bryant's neighbor Yolanda Tucker said the family pulled into her driveway and told her the baby was found in the bathroom and he had been eating or drinking out of the toilet bowl.

Tucker says she last saw Bryant on Thursday and the young mother had only moved back into the house next door to hers about a month ago.

"I've known her since high school. It's sad. Personally I know the baby was outside on Thursday. I came in from work and saw the baby outside by himself," she said. "I went over and rang the bell. I screamed and she finally came to the door and I said Star did you know the baby was outside by himself? She said no and snatched him in and closed the door and then I hadn't seen her since then."

DCF is assisting the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in its investigation, Harrell said. The departments will investigate what the living situation was like in the home and with any case like this it will do background checks on any relatives who care for the 18-month-old child.

A background check on the child's father revealed that he was already incarcerated. He pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession in November.

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