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Cause of death, ID released after toddler dies outside elementary school

Cause of death, ID released after toddler dies outside elementary school
Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 7:42 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2016 at 7:42 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The death of a toddler outside Gutermuth Elementary School on Monday is "consistent with hyperthermia," according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

Two-year-old Lavontae Swain's death is under investigation by the Louisville Metro Police Department's Homicide Unit.

Jefferson County Public Schools Communications Director Allison Gardiner Martin said carpool attendants at the school on Sanders Lane near Shively noticed the unresponsive child in the back of a van that had pulled into the carpool lane just after 4 p.m. on Monday. Staff members and the school nurse administered aid and called 911, but the child could not be saved.

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According to WebMD.com, hyperthermia "occurs when a person's body temperature rises and remains above the normal (98.6 degrees). Most frequently, this occurs during the heat of summer and among the elderly. However, it may also be triggered by other medical conditions or certain medications."

This story will be updated.

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