Ector County Medical Examiner's Office Releases Shatto Autopsy Report 3/1/13
ODESSA - Earlier today, the Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson and District Attorney Bobby Bland held a joint press conference to announce that the death of 3-year-old Max Shatto was ruled an accident.
The examiner's report explains the cause of death:
“They returned a finding that the cause of death of this child was a laceration to the small bowel messentery artery due to blunt trauma in the abdomen .
Based on all medical reasonable probability, the manner of death is accidental.”
Three different Tarrant County pathologists and an additional external examiner all came to the same conclusion.
Shatto is said to have suffered from a disorder that led him to harm himself and this fatal injury was self-inflicted.