Corvallis police are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy whose mother reportedly found him unresponsive in his bed Friday morning after he was kept home from school because he felt ill.

The cause of Nigel Rose-Weber’s death was not yet known as of Friday afternoon, according to Capt. Dave Henslee of the Corvallis Police Department.

“The investigative team is working with medical examiner’s office and other physicians to determine the cause of death,” he said.

The Garfield Elementary School second-grader had stayed home from school because he didn’t feel well, Henslee said. His mother, Patricia Weber, called 911 at 9:36 a.m. from their residence on the 1700 block of Northwest 17th Street. The boy’s father, Mark Rose, reportedly was not at home at the time.

The well-kept single-story ranch house in a quiet residential neighborhood was cordoned off with yellow caution tape Friday morning as officers investigated the scene and knocked on neighbors’ doors.

Several police patrol vehicles were parked on the street, and a mobile incident command center was set up in the driveway.

The Corvallis School District’s crisis response team notified parents of Garfield Elementary School students Friday afternoon, and a member of Crisis Chaplaincy Services offered help at the school, according to Henslee.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com.

Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

(9) comments

AnnaCzarnomski
AnnaCzarnomski

Sending love, strength, and courage to the family!!

sachin
sachin

nice posting feeling glad to read your posting
nx avenue

barfly
barfly

Since it has been two full days since learning of the death of a seven year old child, the least the GT could do would be for a follow up article ....something....we pay for this newspaper and we expect news from the newspaper...good or bad...but something!!

kayhay61
kayhay61

I cannot fathom the pain of this loss and wish the family strength in their grieving process. Why mention that the house was well-kept? What is implied with that description? Is it that derelict homeowners would be somehow more likely to experience child loss? Would readers nod along with the idea that a child died in rundown housing? Leave out superfluous details that reinforce the spurious idea that tragedy naturally follows other perceived failings.

edith
edith

An update on this tragedy would be helpful, especially to put an end to the unproductive speculation in the community about what happened. Surely autopsy results have been released by now? Congenital defect or (potentially contagious) infection? Leaving the "police investigation" line of thought hanging in the air is cruel and unfair to his parents.
My heart breaks for the family.

tangerine
tangerine

I agree with barfly, kayhay, and edith's comments here. Why write a strange article implying some sort of foul-play and leave people hanging? In the worst week of this family's lives the last thing they need is the newspaper causing a commotion. The family and the community deserve some sort of follow up.

Poorly written article that does no service to the family or to the community.

nocapes
nocapes

Unfair story. Thoughts are with the family.

oregonian
oregonian

WHY is this in the news? My heart goes out to the family of the little guy.

4dfy
4dfy

"well-kept single-story ranch house in a quiet residential neighborhood" -What an odd line to read in a "news" article. Were you trying to imply that child abuse or neglect doesn't happen in well-kept homes, or quiet residential neighborhoods? It does.

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