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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Autopsy completed for 9-year-old Hollis boy found shot in home

HOLLIS – An autopsy on a 9-year-old boy found shot to death in his home has been completed, but police are waiting for lab results, further interviews and an in-depth analysis of all evidence before releasing more information.

“We really want to look at this from stem to stern,” Police Chief James Sartell said Wednesday.

Maximos Hebert, who lived with his father at 143 Runnells Bridge Road, was found on the morning of April 13 in his bedroom, suffering from a gunshot to the head. He was taken to a local hospital and transferred quickly to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Whether the shooting was accidental or intentional, and Hebert’s exact cause of death have not been released.

One aspect of the investigation that has caused some delay, Sartell said, is a laboratory analysis of gun powder residue collected at the scene.

The state lab does not provide the type of test needed for this analysis, he said, so the department had to send the evidence out of state. Police are still waiting for the results of that testing.

Police are also working to gather more background information on Hebert and his family, Sartell said, and taking a closer look at family dynamics.

Hebert lived as an only child with his father, though Sartell said he did not know if the boy’s mother had other children.

Sartell said he did not know how long it would take the department to complete the investigation.