Orange County

Police investigating why 3-year-old died in Orange County DSS custody

Police are investigating why a 3-year-old child died Monday morning while in Orange County Department of Social Services custody.

Luke Glenn was taken from his parents in 2016, according to a Facebook post from Ashley Harrington. Harrington, who identifies herself as the biological mother of Luke and his 6-year-old brother Noah, posted in March that her sons are “medically fragile and sick.”

Luke’s biological grandmother Lisa Glenn told ABC11 on Tuesday night that Noah is living in a different foster home.

Attempts to reach Glenn were unsuccessful.

Hillsborough police found Luke after responding Monday to a report of a cardiac arrest at a home on Childsberg Way.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office and police are investigating what may have caused his death. Foul play is not suspected, Orange County officials said, and no additional information was available Wednesday.

“We extend our condolences to the family and all the individuals impacted by this unfortunate tragedy,” said Nancy Coston, Orange County Director of Social Services. “We are cooperating fully with the investigation. A full and thorough review of this incident will be undertaken, and the results will be released at the appropriate time.”

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

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