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Coroner reopens 2007 case of half-brother of 8-year-old Navin Jones

2007 death certificate for Nigel Ragon
2007 death certificate for Nigel Ragon(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 12:29 PM CDT
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PEORIA COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is reopening the case of the death of 3-month-old Nigel Ragon - who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2007 - and is the half-brother of 8-year-old Navin Jones, who died from abuse earlier this week.

Their mother - Stephanie Jones - is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her son Navin.

Harwood says since 15 years have passed, they now have the ability to determine exactly how he died, rather than a broad answer of “SIDS.”

“There was no viable cause of death to this child and we have another child by the same mother who is now dead and I think that’s of concern, it’s a red flag,” he said. “And so, our goal is justice.”

Harwood says he is working to give a collective diagnosis to the death of the baby.

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