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DA to investigate 1988 death of WI boy

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JEFFERSON (WKOW) -- Authorities will re-examine the 1988 death of an 8-year-old boy.

A coroner ruled the death of Artis Echoles an accident due to drowning. His mother never believed that though. Carmin White convinced a Jefferson County judge to order an investigation, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The boy was in foster care when he died. His foster mother said her daughter's fiance took Artis swimming in the Bark River in Jefferson and he disappeared. Divers later recovered his body. White says her son couldn't swim.

The Journal Sentinel reports that in ordering an investigation, Judge Jennifer Weston noted in her decision that three young witnesses at the Bark River Campground saw a man throwing a boy into the water and holding his head underwater.

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