Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office releases new information in toddler's death

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - On Wednesday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office released new information about the 18-month-old girl who choked to death in Center Monday night. The child was later identified as Edith Gonzales.

According to a press release issued by the SCSO, the 911 call about Edith came in at 8:52 p.m. Monday. The call was transferred to the ACE EMS ambulance service, and they responded to the caller's address at 1320 Shelbyville Street in Center.

Five minutes later, the Shelby County sheriff's Office received another 911 call about a choking child. The second call originated from the CVS Pharmacy on Hurst Street, the press release stated.

The 911 dispatcher sent SCSO deputy Jeremy Pope to the CVS Pharmacy, and he started first aid treatment on Edith. Center Police Department officers Maegan Wright and Chris Wheeler also arrived on the scene and assisted Pope, according to the press release.

With one of the officers continuing first aid, Pope and Wheeler met the ACE EMS unit in the nearby Brookshire Bros. parking lot. The EMS crew removed the obstruction, which turned out to be a grape, from the Edith's throat. The EMS personnel inserted an artificial airway.

Wheeler then drove the EMS crew and the child to the San Augustine Memorial Hospital, where medical personnel were unable to revive the child.

San Augustine County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Artis Moseby pronounced Edith dead at 10:30 p.m.

Emergency personnel were forced to transport Edith to San Augustine because the Shelby Regional Medical Center shut down in July. The hospital's owner was unable to meet Medicare and Medicaid guidelines and could not stay open.

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