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Anniston child dies after fall at Birmingham hospital

Jefferson County officials Friday were investigating an Anniston child’s death the day before following a head injury at the hospital Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said hospital staff told him 4-year-old Noa Vera was in the hospital’s dental clinic on Oct. 2 when he suffered a fall involving a wagon and injured his head.

Yates said the boy was taken to the hospital’s emergency room, and later admitted to the hospital, then the intensive care unit, where he died Thursday.

Yates said Noa’s body is set to undergo an autopsy Friday at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office in Birmingham.

A Children’s Hospital spokesperson declined to comment on the boy’s death, but sent a statement to a reporter.

“We were saddened to hear about the recent death of Noah Vera,” the statement read. “Federal Privacy laws prevent Children’s of Alabama from discussing details of a patient’s care. Children’s is committed to providing the safest possible environment for the patients and families in its care.”

Contact Staff Writer Mia Kortright at 256-235-3563.