Autopsy: Boy found unresponsive on local school bus strangled

State and local agencies were investigating after the death of Leonardo Prado, the 3-year-old boy found unresponsive in a Robinson ISD school bus with a seat belt wrapped around his neck. (File)
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ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) Leonardo Prado, the 3-year-old boy who passed away on Oct. 6, 2019 at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple after he was found unresponsive on Oct. 4 aboard a Robinson ISD bus, died of “asphyxia due to neck compression,” according to a brief autopsy report released Thursday.

The manner of death was accidental, the report said.

Texas Child Protective Investigations confirmed after the boy died that it was investigating after the youngster was found with a seat belt wrapped around his neck.

Prado was a special needs child, according to a source with direct knowledge of the incident who asked not to be identified.

Public schools provide services to children with disabilities as young as 3 through Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities.

Robinson ISD officials never responded to a request for confirmation the boy was enrolled in PPCD.

Robinson police responded at around 7:20 a.m. Oct. 4 to the 600 block of East Moonlight where they found the boy unresponsive and not breathing.

First responders performed CPR and the boy was taken first to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center where he was resuscitated and then was flown to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, police Chief Phillip Prasifka said at the time.

Jaya Noiles, in front of whose house the bus stopped, said when police officers arrived, they yelled at the driver to “open the door, open the door.”

One officer rushed inside the bus, she said.

“I watched the police officer come out with the boy over his shoulder,” she said.

“His legs were dangling and he looked lifeless.”

She watched as first responders performed CPR in the front yard of her home.

“I just wanted to cry the whole time,” she said.