December 13, 2017

Carroll police officers gave several hundred dollars to repair the vehicle of the mother of a 4-year-old boy who was found dead early this month.

They’re collecting extra money for Christmas presents for the family, Police Chief Brad Burke said.

Morris Wurok was found dead when someone tried to wake him for school on Dec. 1.

He had no obvious signs of trauma, Burke said, and an autopsy revealed no internal injuries. Investigators are awaiting blood tests for clues about his death.

As officers sought to make arrangements for the care of the boy’s 3-year-old sister, they learned that the boy’s mother, Joyce Oringa, had lost the key to her vehicle, which has a newer ignition that uses transponder chips.

The vehicle needed to be towed to a dealership and set up with new, expensive keys.

“Three officers paid for it up front,” Burke said but declined to identify them. “She’s struggling. They’re going through a hard time right now. They don’t have a lot of money — a single mom taking care of two kids and taking care of a sister.”

The tow and keys cost more than $300, Burke said. The chief has asked his department for further donations for presents.

Officers don’t regularly donate money to the people they help in the course of their jobs, but “it does happen here and there,” Burke said. “It just depends on the circumstances.”