Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Pomona police investigate whether spider bite caused death of boy, 13

June 21, 2010 |  4:23 pm
Pomona police Monday were trying to determine whether a spider bite caused a 13-year-old boy to suffer a fatal cardiac arrest.

The boy was in cardiac arrest after Los Angeles County firefighters went to his home Sunday afternoon after a 911 call regarding a possible knee injury, police said.

The boy was pronounced dead several hours later at a hospital after emergency personnel tried to revive him, the Pomona Police Department said Monday. Police did not release the boy's name.

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, police said. They added that detectives found no evidence of traumatic injury to the child's body.

Police said a cause of death would be determined by the county coroner's office, which had not completed an autopsy Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (909)  620-2095.

-- Robert J. Lopez