5-Year-Old Detroit Girl Dies From Coronavirus, Becomes State's Youngest Victim

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) The youngest person claimed by COVID-19 in Michigan died yesterday, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob St. Mary reports.

Skylar Herbert lost her battle at only 5 years old.

“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain dead, and we basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” LaVondria Herbert, Skylar's mother, told the Detroit News

Her symptoms began about a month ago when Skylar complained to her parents about a bad headache. After a visit to the doctor, she eventually ended up in the hospital where she tested positive for coronavirus.

In the hospital, she developed meningitis and brain swelling. After two weeks on a ventilator, Skylar died yesterday. 

Everything about the little girls' death is baffling, including the fact her parents say their only child had been home over the past few weeks -- and no one the family has tested positive. Notably, both of her parents are first responders, though neither one has had the virus.

The Herbert family does live in one of the hardest hit areas based on zip code information released by the City of Detroit over the weekend. Before Skylar, the youngest person to die in Michigan due to the coronavirus was 20-years-old.

A spokesman for Beaumont Health confirmed Skylar's death, issuing the following statement: "The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy. We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus."