Died: August 4, 2009
Age at death: 4
Cause of death: Salt poisoning
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Lindsey was brought to the emergency room, vomiting and having difficulty breathing. A few days later, she was dead from severe brain swelling caused by an excess of salt.
Doctors determined that Lindsey had ingested at least seven and a half teaspoons of salt--a fatal dose. A coroner also found that Lindsey had fractured ribs, a broken ankle, and fingertip-shaped bruises on her neck.
Nearly five years after her death, a judge decided that there was a good chance Lindsey had been deliberately abused or murdered and that despite her severe autism, Lindsey would not voluntarily have eaten such a large amount of salt. The investigation into her death is ongoing.
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