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Cause of death for Irving teen mom, baby awaiting tests

The deaths of an Irving teen and her 1-month-old son might remain a mystery for two to three months, until medical tests are completed, Irving police say.

Rebecca Ray, 15, was found dead in her home late Wednesday, and her infant son, Cole Childress, was found unconscious, according to reports from police and the medical examiner's office. The baby was rushed to a hospital and later died.

Autopsies found no injuries to either, Irving police said. The cause of death is pending toxicology and histology reports.

The girl's mother called Irving police about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday to report that her daughter appeared to be dead in their home in the 1000 block of Briar Oaks Drive in Irving.

Officers found Ray's body in a bedroom and her infant son also in the house, police said Thursday. There were no signs of a struggle, police spokesman John Argumaniz said Thursday.

Ray, who had attended Lamar Middle School in Irving, was a freshman at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, a school district official said.

"I am saddened by the loss of one of our students," Irving Superintendent Dana Bedden said in a news release. "The Irving ISD professional staff have mobilized to provide support and services to any of our students, staff, and parents during this difficult time. We extend our sympathies to the family and friends."

Counselors were at Lamar Middle, Singley Academy and Nimitz High School on Thursday. Ray's friends live in south Irving, where Nimitz is located.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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