Authorities Reopen Investigation into Toddler's 1998 Death

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HOUSTON (AP) - A 1998 murder case involving a dead Montgomery County toddler will be reopened.

That's because the medical examiner who performed the original autopsy changed her opinion on the cause of death.

Seventeen-month-old Tristen Skye Rivet died in 1998. Neil Hampton Robbins was convicted of Tristen's murder in 1999, and sentenced to life in prison. He was the common-law husband of Tristen's mother.

At the trial, Dr. Patricia Moore testified that Tristen's death was a homicide caused by asphyxia. But in May, Moore changed her opinion and said the cause of death was undetermined.

Moore, now a forensic pathologist for the Southeast Texas Forensic Center, declined to comment.