WOBURN, Mass. — This week marks one year since the tragic death of a 15-month-old Woburn boy.
“Last year at this time was the best part of our life and then it changed in 24 hours,” said Paul Larson, the child’s father.
Noah Larson was found unresponsive in his babysitter's care in August 2016. He was rushed to the hospital where he died three days later from a traumatic brain injury. In May, the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide; no one faces any criminal charges in the case.
It’s been a year of more questions than answers for his parents, Paul Larson and Lindsey Keane, as they struggled to come to terms with their baby’s death.
“I know he’s never coming back, but I know that nothing has been done as well. So, that’s the hardest thing for me,” said Paul.
The last 12 months have been a complete roller coaster ride. The state briefly took custody of their remaining children, they received errant medical bills for Noah’s care, and said they have received little assurance from the state there their son will get justice.
"The only thing that remains constant is that Noah's not here," said Lindsey.
Paul and Lindsey also said they demanded test that revealed Noah’s twin sister, Emelia, had multiple recovering fractures throughout her body.
“You go day by day hoping that one day you’ll get justice for your son. But in the back of my head, I honestly don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” said Paul.
"The investigation into how and when these injuries were inflicted and who did it remains active and ongoing," said the Middlesex County District Attorney's office.
Just this month, the parents finally obtained Noah’s entire Department of Children and Families case file.
The case worker summary concludes that Noah’s injuries were, “.... most likely to be caused during the time frame at the babysitter's home due to the massive extent of his injury causing his death.”
The focus this week isn’t on how Noah died. Family, friends and supporters will attend a vigil Friday to celebrate Noah’s life and all the lives he touched in just 15 short months.
"I don't want them to remember him for this case….and what happened to him. I want them to remember him for what he did…donating his organs stuff like that…," said Paul.
The family plans to come to the Joyce Soccer Fields in Woburn on Friday at 6:30 p.m., the one year anniversary of his death.
They say though they want it to be a celebration of his short but vibrant life.
Full Statement from the DA's office:
"The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the cause of Noah's death to be blunt force injuries of the head and neck and determined that it was a homicide.
The investigation into how and when these injuries were inflicted and who did it remains active and ongoing.
We continue to be in contact with the family and their attorneys as we pursue this investigation."
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