3-year-old dies at hospital, cause of death unknown
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 11:37 AM
MADISON (WKOW) — The Dane County Coroner says more tests will be needed to find out what caused the death of a little girl over the weekend.
Authorities said emergency units responded to a home on Wright Street in Madison Friday morning, where they found 3-year-old Amaya M. Walker unresponsive.
Authorities said the girl was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead just before noon on Saturday.
According to Coroner John Stanley, autopsy results ruled out any physical injuries relating to the girl’s death. More tests will be needed to determine the cause of death.
Joe Reyes lives next door to the girl’s great grandmother, where emergency crews responded Friday. Reyes told 27 News Amaya had appeared healthy in recent days.
“She was happy, jumping around like any normal kid. She was a really nice girl, wonderful girl.”
Reyes said Amaya had some sort of reaction to receiving required immunizations recently. But Reyes said he believed the child’s adverse reaction was only temporary. (How woulkd anyone know if a reaction was temporary? ~Ant)
Officials with the Madison school district’s Head Start program told 27 News Amaya Walker was enrolled in the program just days before her death. The program for three and four year olds requires proof of immunizations and a physical examination within thirty days of enrollment.
Officials refused to comment on Amaya’s health on her last day of attendance, citing confidentiality rules.
A state corrections official said Amaya Walker’s mother, Alicia Walker, 22, is an inmate at the minimum security John Burke correctional facility in Waupun. Alicia Walker is serving a sentence in connection to forgery convictions and probation violations.
Dane County court records show Amaya Walker had been living with her grandmother, April Walker, 39, and was the recipient of food stamps and medical assistance.
Friends of the Walker family say a funeral service for Amaya will take place Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Stoughton, with visitation preceeding the funeral.