Polk girl died from poisoning from generator, officials say

Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in 7-year-old Lakeland girl's death

A 7-year-old Polk County girl died Wednesday from apparent carbon-monoxide poisoning at a home with a generator running inside after Hurricane Irma, authorities said.

Terryn Wilson's mother, Shashunda, reportedly called 911 Wednesday morning and told dispatchers her daughter apparently died in her sleep. She said her daughter was sleeping next to her and appeared to be dead.

Polk County Fire Rescue found Shashunda Wilson on the front porch of the home when they arrived.

Shashunda told detectives she recently got a generator because she lost power during Hurricane Irma and it was the first time she had used one.

After it was safe to enter the home, crews opened the windows to the home and found the 7-year-old dead in the bed. No other people were affected.

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An autopsy concluded Terryn Wilson, of Dossey Road South, died by carbon monoxide intoxication. "Please, please follow safety instructions that we have stressed over and over so no other tragedies such as this one occur", Sheriff Grady Judd said. Responders reported finding a generator running in the house and said the cause likely was carbon monoxide.

• Generators and gas grills should be operated in well-ventilated locations, outdoors, away from all doors, windows and vent openings.

• Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Never refuel a generator while it is running.

• Do not connect a generator to your home's electrical system without a licensed electrician providing a means to connect.

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