Autopsy inconclusive on how child died on bus
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An autopsy on a girl who died on a school bus in February could not help figure out what killed her. According to the autopsy report, the cause of eight-year-old Jamiah Batts’s death is undetermined.
Batts died shortly after arriving by bus at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering February 29.
Batts suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. According to the autopsy report, a teaching assistant saw the chest strap on the girl’s wheelchair near her neck after the bus driver noticed she was unresponsive. However, the autopsy says Batts showed no external evidence of injury to her neck.
A toxicology report showed batts had two drugs in her system. One was given to increase her heart rate. Another is a treatment for epilepsy.
In february, the state fined the group home where Batts lived and ordered it to suspend admissions.
We tried reaching out to the family’s spokesperson this afternoon for reaction to the results. She has not yet returned our call.
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