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One teen dead, another hospitalized after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

by From Staff Reports | January 26, 2022 at 12:40 p.m. | Updated January 26, 2022 at 4:35 p.m.


BOWIE COUNTY, Texas -- One teen is dead and another is in Arkansas Children's Hospital after a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

At 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, the Bowie County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to two unresponsive juveniles at a residence on Twilight Circle near Redwater, Texas. It was learned that the home was without electricity and was being heated with assistance of a gasoline powered electric generator, according to a news release from the BCSO.

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Green and Stovall arrived on scene first and found a 16-year-old female unresponsive on the front porch. CPR was started as Trooper Green entered the home and located Micah Franco, 13, of Texarkana also unresponsive on the living room floor. Bowie County Sheriff's Office Deputy Scott Lillis arrived and assisted with CPR. Attempts to resuscitate Micah Franco were unsuccessful. The girl was transported to Wadley Hospital and has been transferred to Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Bowie County Sheriff's Office Investigator Kyle Holcomb responded to the scene, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death. There are no indications of foul play and it is suspected that carbon monoxide poisoning is the cause of this tragedy.

The Bowie County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone that gas/diesel powered generators (or any combustion engine) are unsafe for indoor use. Please use caution when using these items to power or heat a residence.


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