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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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  • GuestVader

    No, “Anne”, I do not. However, I would not be afraid to bet that you, like so many others, take advantage of and use the placard when the handicapped person that it was issued to is not even in the vehicle. Now, tell me you don’t.

  • anne

    Bet you are one of those who park in a handicapped spot because you think you are more important than anyone else. Those spots are made for those who truly have handicaps – they may not be the obvious ones either. My husband occasionally parks in one of those spots – he has a handicapped placard in his vehicle – but you may look at him and wonder why. It doesn’t seem obvious on the outside, but he has a leg problem that can make walking a long distance difficult.

    I have watched someone with an obvious physical handicap struggle to get out their vehicle because they were not able to park in a handicap space that was taken up by a truck and boat and had no handicap sign on it. So tell me you think that is okay and I will tell you that I can only hope that one day you won’t be in that predicament. What goes around comes around sometimes you know!

  • Advocate

    The child was no poisoned. She did not die from any physical abnormality. She had no diseases that caused her death. The only logical conclusion is that she slid down in her seat and choked to death on her restraints. This could have been avoided by having a bus monitor on board thus negligence on the schools part. They knew of the chills issues with the restraints. They knew there is a risk transporting seriously disabled children. The child suffocated as a result.

  • Grummel

    I guess this proves the poor child choked to death because the driver didn’t have help. I bet this will cost the taxpayers a bundle.

  • Das Weibstück

    Guess this comment proves you have no reading comprehension.

  • SK

    Please WWAY, stop using the terms “suffering from” and “confined to a wheelchair” to describe people who have disabilities. That’s such antiquated terminology, and it only reinforces very negative (often untrue) stereotypes. I use a wheelchair, and it’s FAR from “confining” to me. In fact, just the opposite, because it allows me to do things and go places that would otherwise be unable to do. And not everyone who has a disability is “suffering”, again that’s an assumption. It’s not a matter of just being picky about words. As someone who lives with a disability, I find that the attitudes behind those words are the real problem. The words and the sterotypes behind them are simply not descriptive of how most of us feel and want to be viewed in society.

  • GuestVader

    Reality is just that..reality. Grouping everybody, handicapped or not, in the same catagory is not realistic. You sound very independant, but I will bet you are the first to squak if a non-handicapped person parks in a handicap spot at Wal Mart.


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