Teen’s death attributed to genetic condition, natural causes

The death of a 14-year-old Columbus teen who became ill at a friend’s home last month and died later at the hospital has been attributed to natural causes and complications from a genetic condition.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting said toxicology results for Shaylynne Sky Hill, 14, of Columbus, showed only caffeine in her system when she died at 12:28 a.m. March 14 at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Her cause of death is listed as complications of cirrhosis due to Alpha-1, a genetic inherited condition that may result in serious lung disease or liver disease at any age.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.