Toxicology shows teen died of alcohol poisoning

Apr 21, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Toxicology reports show the death of a 14-year-old girl last month in Lander was due to alcohol poisoning.

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said Millani Watt's blood-alcohol content was .256 percent when she died March 17.

Due to her young age, Stratmoen added, there likely was "a narrower window for mistakes" when it came to intoxication.

"Ethanol toxicity is dependent on a lot of things," Stratmoen explained. "Especially in a 14-year-old, their age and their constitution haven't acclimated to higher levels (of intoxication). How the body metabolizes everything is different."

The autopsy did not show any other underlying physical or mental issues contributing to Watt's death.

The initial call

Lander officers were dispatched at 4:48 p.m. March 17 to the 400 block of Washington Street for a report of a female who was not conscious and not breathing. She was described to dispatchers as being "blue and stiff."

Sgt. Shawn McRae and officer Jeff Leafgreen, who are both fully certified for emergency medical services, were first to arrive on scene. They took turns trying to resuscitate Watt for about 30 minutes before Guardian EMS arrived on scene from Riverton.

Watt was transported to the local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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