Complications from the flu ruled as child’s cause of death

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting has ruled the cause of death of 7-year-old Savanna Jessie to be “complications of influenza B infection.”

The ruling was made after reviewing reports from an autopsy performed Feb. 2, the day after the child died at Columbus Regional Hospital.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.