An 11-year-old boy died of suspected hypothermia when his mobile home lost power during a historic cold snap washed up in Texas.
Christian Holiness Penden was found dead in his bed on Monday – after spending some time in the snow for the first time in his family, his family Told the Houston Chronicle.
It was the first time [seeing snow], “His mother, Maria Alyssa Pineda, said on Thursday.” So he was excited outside. Everything was fine. He was happy that day. He was not ill at all. “
But the mobile home where his family – who moved to Texas from Honduras two years ago – was living in Conroe early Monday, as temperatures dropped into the single digits.
The tragic sixth-grader died in a bed he shared with his 3-year-old stepbrother, who was fine.
“He was already dead,” Pineda recalled finding his boy’s lifeless body around 2 a.m. Monday afternoon.
An autopsy was performed on Cristian’s body on Thursday, but it would take several weeks before the cause of death was determined, Conroy Police Department spokesman Sergeant. Jeff Smith told the Houston Chronicle.
“In all other ways, he was a normal, healthy baby,” Smith said.
The sergeant reported that the house in which the family was 40 years old was living as a badly untouched, single-wide trailer.
The family has since launched GoFundMe page Helping to raise money to send Christian’s remains to his native Honduras.
Page said, “He wished to see his grandparents again and what the mother wants to accomplish, please help achieve this.”
At least 40 people have died as a result of a winter storm that swept the area earlier this week, leading to a drop in temperatures in its wake.