After a meeting Wednesday to discuss the death of a 6-year-old Texas City boy, officials say no decisions have been made and the case remains an open investigation.

“I have been instructed to refer any future requests you may have for information to the District Attorney’s Office,” said Paul Edinburgh, detective with the Texas City Police Department.

Texas City police responded to a call of an unresponsive child and found Mar’Nijah Brown at a home Dec. 5, Edinburgh said.

Paramedics attempted to perform CPR on the boy before taking him to Mainland Medical Center, where he was declared dead, Edinburgh said.

After Brown’s death, examiners conducted an autopsy and conducted tests. John “D.J.” Florence, chief investigator for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, in an earlier interview with The Daily News, said it would take a few weeks to get toxicology results back.

Those results came back last week.

Officials with the Texas City Police Department, the medical examiner’s office, the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and Mainland Medical Center were supposed to meet early this week to review the report and try to make a decision on what the next step would be, Edinburgh said last week.

They met on Wednesday.

After the meeting, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady said there was no new information to share.

“I’ve tried calling timelines on investigations like these before and it never ends up being what you think it will,” he said. “If something comes up that I can release, we will do that.”

Florence also previously referred questions about the investigation and autopsy to Roady.

Roady previously declined to name a person of interest in the child’s death.

Mar’Nijah died while living with his father, David Jerome Brown.

Mar’Nijah was a first-grader at Lobit Elementary School in Dickinson Independent School District.

R.A. Apffel, an attorney representing David Jerome Brown, said in an earlier interview with The Daily News that Mar’Nijah had gotten into a fight with another boy at school and was disciplined when he got home for fighting. Later that night, after dinner, family members went upstairs to check on Mar’Nijah and found him unresponsive. Apffel said Mar’Nijah’s father was not in any way responsible for the boy’s death. The school district had no record of the fight.

A hearing on whether to release the body to the boy’s grandmother, Carolyn Stewart, or his father is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or


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