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Investigation continues into death of 2-year-old Chautauqua County boy

With authorities awaiting a report on the cause of death of two-year-old Joshua A. Jock Jr., Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace late Tuesday afternoon said it is far too early in the investigation to determine whether criminal charges will be lodged against anyone or whether a grand jury will be asked to review the case.

First responders rushed to Paula Mason’s Little Racer’s Daycare in the town of Harmony sometime after 11 p.m. Monday after a 911 call about an unresponsive child.

The little boy was administered CPR at the scene and then rushed to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, where he was pronounced dead. His body was taken for an autopsy to the Buffalo office of the Erie County Medical Examiner.

The boy had been placed in the custody of Paula Mason sometime after county child protection service workers took him from the custody of his father, Joshua A. Jock Sr., and his girlfriend, Whitney Whalen. Officials said the boy had allegedly was found undernourished.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s investigators questioned a 14-year-old girl believed to be the daughter of Paula Mason. She was not identified as a possible suspect and no criminal charges have been lodged in the case.