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La Joya ISD holds press conference following Americo Paredes Elementary incident

La Joya ISD held a press conference Friday morning surrounding the death of a 5-year-old student left inside a car at Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary.

The press conference came after the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 4:04 on Thursday, with the caller saying the child was unresponsive.

La Joya ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gisela Saenz. Photo courtesy of LJISD

LJISD Chief of Police Raul Gonzalez told the public that the vehicle belonged to a staff member who worked on campus. The staff member is related to the child, although specifics were not released.

After attempted CPR procedures inside the nurse’s office at the elementary school, the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

“At this time, we are unable to provide any further details since this incident is under investigation,” Gonzalez said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gisela Saenz said it was with great sadness to share information on the isolated incident of the death of a former student.

“At this time, we want to offer our deepest condolences to the family of our students,” said Saenz. “And I ask the community to keep the family, our students, and our staff at Americo Paredes Elementary in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this tragic event.”

Dr. Saenz reassured students and staff that they will receive additional counseling services from the district and continue to monitor students and staff at Paredes Elementary.

“I want to assure parents and our community that our schools are safe. This was an isolated incident,” said Saenz.

The La Joya ISD Police Department, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, and Child Protective Services continue to work on this ongoing investigation.

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