No cause of death found for Jamia Batts - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Cause of death undetermined for 8-year-old girl

Jamia suffered from cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair. Jamia suffered from cerebral palsy and was in a wheelchair.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Jamia Batts, 8, died on the last day of February of 2012 after needing medical attention once she arrived at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering.  Now, an autopsy performed by Dr. Dennis Nicks did not reveal the cause of death.

The school nurse was performing CPR on the young girl in her wheel chair when emergency responders arrived.  They took Jamia to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

According to Jamia's mother Shantelle Colvin, the girl suffered from cerebral palsy.  She was told Jamia had a seizure in her wheelchair, vomited and probably choked on her own vomit.

The police report said the bus driver and teacher's assistant did not use the leg straps that prevented Jamia from sliding down in the chair the day of the incident.

The police investigative report includes information from a staffer of the group home who said "that aside from her securing Jamia to the wheelchair using two crossing chest belt restraints, no additional restraints were used."  However, in an interview with DHHS a few days later, the staffer said they used all the straps.  Another staffer indicated to DHHS that employees have had no training on securing clients in wheelchairs.

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