From Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Dr. Patrick Martin, Superintendent of Trussville City Schools, issued a statement Monday evening addressing the death of a kindergarten student.
The 5-year-old child was found dead in a laundry hamper Monday morning in the Hawk Ridge neighborhood.
“All indications at this time point to an accidental death,” said Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush. “But we’ll need to wait until the autopsy is complete to make a final determination.”
Martin said in a statement that he was notified Monday morning that a kindergarten student had passed away.
“The child was the daughter of a teacher in the Trussville City School System,” he said. “This student was a precious, smart and inquisitive child whose heartbreaking loss has affected us all.
“This is a very sad and tragic event, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are arranging to have counselors on-site for our students and staff in the wake of this tragedy.
“We are more than a school system in Trussville, we are a family. Something like this touches us all and we will provide support to the family in the coming days and weeks as they deal with this tragic loss.”
Trussville Police Department (TPD) officers responded at 6:39 a.m. to a residence in the Hawk Ridge subdivision where the girl was found inside a laundry hamper, Rush said.
Tribune readers offered prayers and condolences to the family throughout the day on social media.