Death Investigation Shows Tipton Teen Died of Natural Causes

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter

TIPTON, Iowa - Police were called to house for death in March

A joint investigation into the death of a Tipton teenager has concluded the 15-year-old boy died of natural causes.

Keifla Thomas Robinson died of acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis due to a probable viral infection, according to a final autopsy report from the State Medical Examiner published Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control defines acute bronchitis as a chest cold that occurs when the bronchial tubes swell and produce mucus, causing a person to cough. Bronchiolitis is usually caused by a virus and occurs when mucus builds up in the small airways that lead to the lungs, which can cause difficulty breathing.

The update comes after Tipton police responded to a call to a house on the 500 block of East Fifth Street at 10:50 a.m. March 13, where they discovered Robinson's body.

The autopsy, which was conducted March 17 by Dr. Jonathan Thompson, found no trauma to Robinson's body.

The death was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Tipton Police Department. A Friday release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety confirmed no foul play was involved in the case.

Robinson was an eighth grade student at Tipton Middle School.
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