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Pomona boy believed to have been bitten by spider died from staph infection

June 22, 2010 |  9:33 pm

The Los Angeles county coroner's office said Tuesday night that a 13-year-old Pomona boy died of a staph infection, not a spider bite.

Pomona police had said the boy was bit by a spider and were investigating whether it contributed to his death Sunday. He was in cardiac arrest when Los Angeles County firefighters reached his home after a 911 call regarding a possible knee injury, the Pomona Police Department said.

The boy was pronounced dead several hours later at a hospital after emergency personnel tried to revive him,  police said.

An initial investigation found that the teen had been bitten by a spider a week or more before his death and had complained of knee pain, Pomona police said.

The coroner's office said it was unclear how the boy contracted the staph infection.

-- Robert J. Lopez