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Cause of death revealed for boy who collapsed at Leesburg day care

Medical examiner says boy died of natural causes

Side-by-side pictures of Zion James, 5. His parents say he died Oct. 20 after collapsing at his pre-school.
Side-by-side pictures of Zion James, 5. His parents say he died Oct. 20 after collapsing at his pre-school. (Family courtesy)

LEESBURG, Fla. – An autopsy for a 5-year-old boy who collapsed at a Leesburg day care last month found that the child died from an epileptic seizure.

When Zion James's mother came to pick him up from Kids of Distinction around 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, she was met by the day care director who asked if her son had a history of seizures.

Lashon Robinson said her 5-year-old son was on the floor with a wet wash cloth on his forehead. James was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center in cardiac arrest, where he later died. The boy had no history of seizures, according to his mother.

An autopsy report for the child, released to the media on Monday, showed that his death was natural. 

Officials said at the time of the death that no foul play was suspected.

Robinson told News 6 that she wants people to remember Zion as a child who was full of life. 

"My baby was always smiling. He loved cars. He was a people-person," Robinson said. 

A fund has been set up to help with funeral expenses. 

Donations are being accepted at any BB&T bank under the account, "In Loving Memory of Zion."


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