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Cause of baby’s death sought

HALTOM CITY -- The Tarrant County medical examiner's office is waiting for test results to determine what caused the death of a 4-month-old girl hours after she was treated at a Fort Worth hospital.

Officials at Cook Children's Medical Center are also reviewing procedures after the death of Kimoni Evans on Tuesday morning.

Since her birth in January, Kimoni had not had health problems, her mother, Kristina Evans, said Wednesday.

That changed Monday when the Haltom City infant developed a fever that kept rising, culminating in a seizure, she said.

"I was holding her, working on a scrapbook when she just started shaking," Evans said. "We took her to the hospital. They never told us what had caused the fever."

Evans said her baby had a temperature of 99.7 degrees Monday morning. She called the child's doctor's office, and the nurse told her that a slight fever was not unusual, Evans said.

"The nurse told me just to give her Pedialyte," a drink for children who are dehydrated. "But she wasn't herself the rest of the day," Evans said.

In the afternoon, Evans went to her sister's Haltom City home, taking Kimoni with her.

After the seizure, a relative called 911 and paramedics took Kimoni to the Fort Worth hospital.

"We got there at 5:20 and we didn't leave until midnight," Evans said. "She screamed because she was hungry, and they finally gave her some Pedialyte. A doctor came in, checked her and ordered that she be given a shot. No one gave me an explanation for the fever."

Evans took her daughter home early Tuesday. But Kimoni wasn't breathing when she checked on her a few hours later.

"She didn't move," Evans said. "We tried CPR and called 911."

Kimoni was pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that officials are looking into the medical care given to Kimoni.

A final autopsy report is pending, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

"That will help our review of the process and procedures," hospital spokeswoman Winifred King said.

Kimoni's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Covenant Love Christian Center, 5201 Davis Blvd. in North Richland Hills.

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