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Spider bite might have caused boy's mysterious death; autopsy pending

June 22, 2010 |  7:03 am

An autopsy Tuesday could reveal whether the mysterious death of a 13-year-old Pomona boy was caused by a spider bite.

The L.A. County coroner's office along with Pomona Police Department was investigating the death, which occurred Sunday afternoon.

The boy was in cardiac arrest after Los Angeles County firefighters went to his home 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.

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

-- Robert J. Lopez