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Medical Examiner releases autopsy report of 9-year-old, grandmother and mom facing charges

Released through Pima County Medical Examiner's Office
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Posted at 4:42 PM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-21 00:49:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office is providing an update to the mysterious death of a local 9-year-old.

Examiners released an autopsy report Thursday, revealing the child had anemia due to acute and chronic pediculosis (lice infestation).

This report details the following:

  • Pallor
    • Pale face and skin
  • Pale organs
  • Iron deficiency
  • Centrilobular necrosis of the liver
  • Bilateral pleural effusions
    • Buildup of fluid in the lung tissue
  • Cutaneous excoriations
    • Skin picking

The office's report also says the child showed signs of malnutrition.

Examiners discovered evidence of fatty liver disease as well as heart issues.

"There is a cause of death. The manner is undetermined," Medical Examiner Dr. Hess explained. "She died from anemia from untreated lice infestation with malnutrition as a contributing factor. That’s the cause."

On Friday, March 20, officers confirmed they arrested the child's mother, 38-year-old Sandra Marie Kraykovich, and 64-year-old grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Kraykovich.

Both face class two felony child abuse charges.

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