Friday 22 November, 2019

TRINIDAD: Autopsy reveals boy left in bus died from hyperthermia

Three-year-old Isaiah Hazel died as a result of hyperthermia - a condition caused by extreme heat and dehydration.

There were no marks of violence found on his body.

This was revealed during an autopsy performed on Friday at the Forensic Science Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  

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Hazel was found unresponsive in a school bus around 1:45 pm on Thursday, July 4. He was pronounced dead at the Couva District Health facility at 3 pm the same day.

Police were told the child was last seen alive at 9:30 am that day. He was in a vehicle with other children who had been dropped to an Early Childhood Centre located along the Southern Main Road, Couva.

Authorities believe that Hazel fell asleep while being transported to the school and his presence went unnoticed by the 31-year-old bus driver, who continued about her routine.

The driver reportedly had to be hospitalised after she discovered the child had been locked in the vehicle for the entire day.

She is currently aiding with inquiries.

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