5 Comments for this article

Tags: , ,

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A toxicology report shows little new info about the death of a special needs girl on a New Hanover County school bus earlier this year. Eight-year-old Jamiah Batts died shortly after arriving by bus at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering February 29.

A toxicology report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows Batts had Atropine and Levetiracetam in her system at the time of her death. Atropine is a drug given to increase heart rate. Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant often used to treat epilepsy.

Batts suffered from Cerebral Palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. There have been questions about whether she was properly restrained in her chair when she got on the bus from a group home where she lives.

The state fined the group home last month. In its report on the facility’s deficiencies, the state cited an eight-year-old girl with CP who died February 29. According to an interview with a staff member, the lap belt on the girl’s wheelchair was so tight that she would vomit every evening after school and had bruises on her hips.

Comment on this Story

Related News