The 600 block of West Seventh Street

The 600 block of West Seventh Street was quiet Sunday afternoon, which was a noticeable change from Sunday morning when multiple agencies responded to the residential neighborhood after receiving reports of an unresponsive 13-year-old child. The teen was later pronounced dead at the scene. His death remains under investigation. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information, including a statement from Washington School District officials.

The death of a 13-year-old Washington child is under investigation, according to a Washington Police Department spokesperson.

Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes, the department’s public information officer, said police received a call early Sunday morning about an unresponsive teenager. When officers arrived at the home in the 600 block of West Seventh Street, they found the child deceased.

“It appears to be a drug-related death,” Sitzes said. He said he would not speculate as to what drugs or drug the child may have taken.

Sitzes said the deceased was an overnight guest of a 12-year-old boy, who lived at the home, and who found the 13-year-old unresponsive Sunday morning.

Taken into custody at the home were the mother and stepfather of the 12-year-old boy and an adult renter who was living in a basement apartment. Two children, who also were in the home, are in protective custody.

Sitzes said the boy’s body has been turned over to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office, which will conduct an autopsy on Monday, Aug. 30.

Sitzes said the department will likely wait to release additional information until after the autopsy is completed.

“We are still in the early stages of this investigation,” Sitze said.

In the wake of the teen's death, officials with the Washington School District released the following statement: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of a student from Washington Middle School. As a middle school staff and district family, we send our condolences to the family and will respect their privacy as they grieve their loss. The family deserves nothing less."

The district also plans to have additional counselors on hand at the middle school to meet with students, the staff and with the family of the deceased teen.