‘Healthy child’ dies of suspected hypothermia during Texas power outage


  • Cristian Pavon Peneda, a “normal, healthy” 11-year-old boy who lived in a mobile home in Conroe, died on Monday apparently due to hypothermia.
  • A day before his death, the sixth-grader was so “excited outside” and “happy” because it was his first time seeing snow. He was “not sick at all” that day.
  • A GoFundMe was launched to raise funds so his remains will be sent to his hometown in Honduras.

The harsh snow storm in Texas has killed an 11-year-old boy.

Cristian Pavon Peneda, who died of suspected hypothermia, was found dead in his bed on Monday. His family told the Houston Chronicle that before that, he spent some time out of their mobile house to experience the snow for the first time in his life.

It was his “first time [seeing snow],” his mother, Maria Elisa Pineda, said Thursday. “That’s why he was excited outside. Everything was well. He was happy that day. He was not at all sick.”

The grieving mom recalled that she found that her boy was lifeless at around 2pm on Monday. Earlier that day, their mobile home lost power, as temperatures in Conroe, where the family was staying, dropped tremendously.

The sixth-grader’s three-year-old stepbrother was fine, whom he shared the bed with.

On Thursday, an autopsy was done, but Conroe Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Smith told the Chronicle that it usually takes several weeks before cause of death is determined.

“By all other means, he was a normal, healthy child,” said Smith, who described the Peneda’s home as a 40-year-old, poorly insulated, single-wide trailer.

The family has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to send Cristian’s remains to Honduras, where the family came from before they moved to Texas two years ago.

“His wish was to see his grandparents again and that is what the mother wants to fulfill, please help with whatever you can in order to hopefully be able to achieve this, God bless you,” the page said.

The winter storm has so far left at least 40 people dead, sweeping through the region last week.

Source: Fox News

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