Autopsy: Central girl died of ruptured aorta

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An initial autopsy shows an eight-year-old Angelina County girl died of a ruptured aorta.

Capt. Allen Hill said it appears no abuse was involved in the girl's death. He said the ruptured aorta could be a genetic defect, as the girl's mother died of the same thing while she was giving birth to the girl eight years ago.

Hill said deputies were called to a Lufkin hospital around 8 p.m. after a girl, who went to school at Central ISD, died.

Hill said the father brought the girl, whose name is not yet being released, to the hospital after he said she had collapsed at the home. Hill said she was likely dead before she arrived at the hospital.

Hill said there were not outward signs of trauma and deputies spent Wednesday night executing a search warrant at the girl's house in the Redland area. No criminal evidence was found at the house, Hill said.

Child Protective Services workers conducted interviews with the father and a sibling Wednesday night.

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