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Family of Upstate boy who died after EMS was called to day care will hold news conference

Zion Lee Watson
Zion Lee Watson(Source: WYFF)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 6:06 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF/WMBF) - The Upstate family whose child died Monday after EMS was called to a Greenville County daycare will hold a news conference today.

The family identified the boy Tuesday night as 1-year-old Zion Lee Watson and released a picture.

Traci Fant of Freedom Fighters Upstate and Dr. U. A. Thompson of the Upstate’s Community Activists along with the family of Zion will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

It will be held at 1 p.m. in front of Bumblebee Day care and Learning Center on Rocky Creek Road.

The family says they have some concerns about the incident that led up to Watson’s death, according to Fant.

Authorities said the boy died at the hospital after EMS was called to the day care about a child choking.

Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said EMS and the fire department responded and found the toddler in cardiac arrest.

Advanced life support was provided and continued throughout the ambulance trip to the Prisma Health Memorial Hospital, Evans said.

He said the child was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10 a.m.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected in the death.

The cause of death has not been released.

The coroner says it will take some time to figure out exactly what happened.

WYFF contacted the South Carolina Department of Social Services about the death.

Officials released this statement:

“The Department of Social Services is aware of the child care related death in Greenville County and is investigating in coordination with local law enforcement.”

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