Investigation into child's death

A Corvallis police incident command center sets up in front of a home in the 1700 block of Northwest 17th Street.

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


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

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