Pike County Boy, 6, Dies from Rare Amoebic Infection
A 6-year-old Pike County boy with an amoebic infection in his brain died almost a month after becoming sick, but it’s still unclear how the child became infected.
On Tuesday, the community held a vigil for Leland Shoemake, who died Friday, according to Channel 2 Action News. The boy’s parents said he had been sick for nearly a month and his infection was caused by the amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris.
Balamuthia is thought to enter the body when soil containing Balamuthia comes in contact with wounds and cuts, or when dust containing Balamuthia is breathed in or gets in the mouth, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Leland was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston nearly two weeks ago and had been in critical condition. His parents had created a Facebook page to keep the community updated on his condition. They also started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the hospital bills.
“He has had bad headaches, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and now his eyes are crossed and he can’t focus on anything without his eyes moving and seeing double,” his mother wrote.
His former kindergarten teacher, Valerie Perkins, said Leland was a smart boy who loved the History Channel, Legos and Minecraft, according to Channel 2.
Body of Man, 53, Found in Lake Lanier
When someone spotted a vehicle parked all day at Six Mill Creek Park in Forsyth County, the observer grew suspicious and called law enforcement. Their investigation led to the discovery of a body Monday on Lake Lanier.
On Tuesday, investigators were trying to determine how the man died and why. The investigation began when deputies responded to the park at 5910 Browns Bridge Road in Cumming, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the area after a complainant called about a suspicious vehicle that had been parked at the park all day, the sheriff’s spokesman Deputy First Class Epifanio Rodriguez said.
When deputies arrived found a white male, later identified as Curtis I. Lee, 52, of Gwinnett County, submerged in Lake Lanier and he was pronounced dead on scene, the sheriff’s spokesman Deputy First Class Epifanio Rodriguez said. Members of the Forsyth County Fire Department dive team retrieved Lee’s body from the water, Rodriguez said. It’s unclear how long the man’s body had been in the water.
Officials called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lee’s body was taken to the department’s crime lab for an autopsy, Rodriguez said. The investigation is pending an autopsy report but no signs of foul play were discovered, the spokesman said.