Police Investigate Medical Care of Meningitis Victim

Police Investigate Medical Care of Meningitis Victim

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Police are investigating whether a 9-year-old Springville girl who died of bacterial meningitis had been given appropriate medical care.

Springville police served a search warrant at Rachel Bundy's home on March 4, the day she died.

"It appears the child may have been suffering from an illness that was being treated within the home... This may be a case of child abuse as it appears the child may not have been given appropriate medical care," a police affidavit said.

Officers seized a three-ring binder, bed sheets and a pillow case. The binder contained papers that "appeared to contain writing detailing the child's condition. The papers appeared to date back to the first part of February...." the affidavit said.

Investigators are now waiting for the final autopsy report from the medical examiner.

"We just want to make certain this death is due to illness and the death could not have been prevented," said Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson.

The family did not return calls.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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