EDWARDSVILLE — A 7-year-old Glen Carbon girl who died after becoming ill at a park Saturday had congenital heart anomalies, but an autopsy did not reveal an exact cause of death.
In a press release Monday, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said Gabrielle L. Howard, 7, was playing at the Leon Corlew Park and Splash Pad at 333 S. Main St. in Edwardsville when she became ill and suffered a seizure.
An ambulance was summoned to the park at 1:16 p.m. and she was transported to Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Her condition deteriorated and she had a heart attack. A resuscitation attempt was unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead in the Emergency Department at 3:11 p.m. Saturday.
An autopsy Sunday revealed the presence of congenital heart anomalies and pathology. She had never been treated for heart issues and was regarded as healthy. No precise cause of death will be prescribed pending further microscopic evaluation and routine toxicological testing.
Funeral arrangements are pending.