Girl's Lighter Fluid Death Ruled Accident

No charges are expected against the child's mother

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:46 AM CDT
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Girl's Lighter Fluid Death Ruled Accident

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Police say the death of a 5-year-old Southeast Texas girl after she drank lighter fluid has been ruled an accident.

Dickinson police said Wednesday that no charges are expected against the mother of 5-year-old Kyndal-Rae Eldridge.

Authorities say the girl died Tuesday at a Houston hospital where she was transported following Saturday's incident. Her 5-year-old sister was treated and released from another hospital after also drinking lighter fluid from the  unmarked water bottle.

Dickinson police say the mother says the bottle had been in a car door panel since July Fourth. Authorities believe the girls drank the liquid as their mother stopped at a gas station to fill up. 

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