The autopsy results showed that it was caused by factors such as bacterial infection. 3-year-old girl dies on bus carrying migrants from Texas to Chicago Last month, the Illinois state coroner said Thursday.
Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon said the bacterial infection, aspiration pneumonia, and diarrhea and vomiting led to electrolyte issues, brain swelling and ultimately the Aug. 10 death of Jismary Alejandra Barboza Gonzalez.
He said his extremely low weight and height for his age were factors in his death.
Cannon said the boy reportedly started showing mild symptoms and feeling unwell when the family boarded a bus in Brownsville, Texas. At that time, he only had a slight fever and was allowed to get in the car.
During the trip, Cannon said, his symptoms worsened into vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and dehydration. He drank an electrolyte drink and measured a temperature of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius). Later in the journey, the girl’s condition worsened and she began to have difficulty breathing.
The bus is part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to last year Sending immigrants statewide to Democratic-led cities across the country.
The boy’s great-aunt, Gisela González, said the family left for the United States in May from their home in Colombia, where Gismarie was born.