Medical examiner’s report confirms evidence of sexual assault in Paitin Fields homicide

Paitin Fields (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Medical Examiner’s Office confirms 5-year-old Paitin Fields was strangled and her death is considered a homicide.

The report, released today, provides a few more details on the circumstances surrounding the Pender County child’s death.

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According to the medical examiner’s summary, the child’s family took her to Pender Memorial Hospital on November 13, 2017, with complaints of seizure and an altered mental status.

There was also complaint of illness over the previous two days.

ER staff noticed what appeared to be ligature marks on her neck, consistent with strangulation. She was then sent to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.

There was a bruise on her right lung and a small amount of hemorrhage in the abdomen. The medical examiner also wrote there is evidence of sexual assault.

Over the next day, Fields lost her remaining cranial nerve reflexes.

On November 15, an EEG showed no electrical activity in the brain. She was prepped for organ donation.

The autopsy was then scheduled for November 20 in Greenville.

The autopsy report has not been released yet. So far, no one has been arrested.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says they are waiting on the autopsy report.

This story will be updated.