11-Year-Old Dies of Puncture Wound to the Chest, Autopsy Inconclusive

Boy Found Bleeding In Forest Preserve Near His Home

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    A Byron Nelson High School senior died on Saturday night after being involved in a single car accident.

     An 11-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon at his home in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates after suffering a puncture wound in the chest.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive and was pending a police investigation, according to the medical examiner's office.


    The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boy as Allen Fernandez, of the 1300 block of Mallard Lane in Hoffman Estates. He was pronounced dead at 3:02 p.m. at St. Alexius Medical Center.

    The boy was apparently injured after he went to play in a wooded area of a forest preserve near the family’s home, a source said. Family members who went to look for him found him about 45 minutes later, with the wound to his chest.

    A medical examiner’s office spokesperson said the wound was a puncture wound, and did not appear to be a gunshot wound although it was not clear Sunday what caused the injury or how he became hurt.

    Jimmie Whitelow, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency is not currently investigating allegations of abuse in connection to Fernandez’s death.

    Officials from the Hoffman Estates Police Department did not return calls for comment.