Ky’air Thomas’ autopsy results show no foul play or trauma
A young Ohio boy who died a month after he and his twin brother returned home from an alleged kidnapping was not killed by foul play, the Franklin County Law&Crime Coroner’s Office said.
In January, police in Columbus, Ohio said 6-month-old Ky’air Thomas was not breathing at home. Two days later, the coroner’s office said the boy’s autopsy could take up to six months.
On Friday, the coroner’s Law&Crime delivered its final ruling on the child’s tragic death. He died of “sudden unexplained infant death syndrome with other significant illnesses”.
Other key conditions that contributed to Thomas’s death include him lying face down on an adult bed, unattended, surrounded by “excess pillows and blankets,” the coroner said.
Officials said all of these things combined created an unsafe sleeping environment for the child.
“It is well documented that infants under 8 months have limited strength in the neck muscles to reposition their airway when encountering potential obstructions,” the press release reads. “This is a form of oxygen deprivation (anoxic brain injury), but since a contributory component of mechanical or obstructive asphyxia in the death of this infant cannot be confirmed or ruled out based on the examination and circumstances, the mode of death is best determined as undetermined.”
Thomas and his twin brother were the subjects of one Ohio AMBER alert. Police allege that 24-year-old Nalah Jackson stole one Honda Accord belonging her mother on December 19, 2022 while the boys were in the vehicle.
Thomas was found the next day at Dayton International Airport. The second baby was found sound Health on December 22, 2022 in his mother’s car near Papa John’s pizza place in Indianapolis, after Jackson’s arrest‘ the police said.
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At the time of death, authorities made no indication that the boy’s death was linked to his kidnapping.
Tests were conducted, including microbiological, toxicological, histological and radiological examinations of the skeleton, officials said. There was also no sign of trauma, foul play, abuse or neglect. These results were “unremarkable and did not contribute to the cause of death,” the coroner said.
The report finds no breaks in the healing process, often a sign of violent child abuse.
A federal grand jury indicted Jackson on January 19 on two counts of kidnapping. She had pleaded guilty in an Indiana court to spitting on a deputy who arrested her, records show.
According to local CBS affiliate WBNS, Jackson had an eventful first court appearance on the Ohio kidnapping allegations. The performance was canceled due to her repeated use of expletives.
When asked for her name, she reportedly asked, “Are you speaking to me as a person or as a slave?”
“I speak to you as a person,” the judge said.
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Alberto Luperon contributed to this report.
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