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Franklin County boy died from blunt force trauma, medical examiner says

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The death of a 7-year-old Franklin County boy on July 2 was from blunt force trauma to the head, the Western District’s Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday morning.

Tracie Cooper, a district administrator with the office, said the manner of death for Hunter Wayne Cumbie was homicide.

The case involving Cumbie has led to the arrest and charging of 50-year-old Rocky Mount man John Robert Ebel with felony child abuse.

Ebel was the child’s caretaker, according to a report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Cumbie’s mother said in an interview this week that her son had been living with his grandmother and that Ebel was his step-grandfather.

The case dates back to June 30 when the sheriff’s office said it received a call from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital about a child with injuries from a reported fall. The incident occurred on the 1000 block of Muse Field Road in Rocky Mount.

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