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Police called to convenience store in toddler death case

A friend of Jody Weaver called 911 Monday afternoon to report a dead child, and deputies met Weaver at a gas station/convenience store in St. Hilaire, Minn., according to information at the Pennington County Sheriff's Office in Thief River Falls.

A friend of Jody Weaver called 911 Monday afternoon to report a dead child, and deputies met Weaver at a gas station/convenience store in St. Hilaire, Minn., according to information at the Pennington County Sheriff's Office in Thief River Falls.

The call from Clarence Smith came in at 4:52 p.m. Monday, according to the daily log in the sheriff's office, which listed the incident as "Sudden Death/Body Found." Two squad vehicles with deputies, plus an ambulance, were dispatched to the convenience store/gas station in St. Hilaire, south of Thief River Falls.

By 6 p.m. Monday, the deputies were back in Thief River, according to the daily log sheet.

Grand Forks police earlier this week reported that the body of Destiny Weaver, 2, who was Jody Weaver's child was found in Pennington County and that reportedly the child may have died in Grand Forks in an "unattended death."

Police were told the child had flu-like symptoms for several days before she died, said Grand Forks Police Sgt. Bill Macki. Grand Forks police took over the investigation Monday night, Macki said.

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But little information including how long Destiny Weaver had been dead has been made available awaiting an autopsy of the child's body, said Macki, who runs the criminal investigations unit. No autopsy report is expected until the middle of next week, Macki said Friday.

No one has been charged in the incident, he said.

Smith, who lives east of Grygla, Minn., is a friend of Weaver, who was at Smith's house Thursday night; both declined to comment.

Weaver lives on South 25th Street in Grand Forks, police said.

Smith was at the store Monday with Weaver, who previously lived in Grygla. The store is enroute between Grand Forks and Grygla.

Two young children were in the car and were taken to the squad cars during the incident, witnesses said.

Macki said they know who Destiny Weaver's father is and he was not involved in the incident Monday.

Besides Destiny, Jody Weaver had two other children; one is the twin of Destiny and the other is a 3-year-old girl, according to Herald archives and relatives of Weaver.

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A Grand Forks attorney released a statement Thursday saying the family did not want to comment publicly.

"Our family is extremely distraught over the tragic loss of Destiny Weaver," said the statement from the family released by attorney Troy Morley. "In order to protect the integrity of any investigations, we feel that it is not appropriate to comment at this time. We ask that the community continue to respect the privacy of our family during this time of grieving."

Morley said he has represented relatives of Jody Weaver in unrelated matters and that he is not representing her.

Reach Lee at (701) 780-1237, or (800) 477-6572, ext. 237; slee@gfherald.com .

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