Authorities investigating whether Haverhill girl died after exposure to toxic substance

HAVERHILL, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities are investigating the death of an 11-year-old Haverhill girl who was rushed to a Boston hospital by helicopter Saturday and later passed away, officials said.

Emergency crews responding to a medical call at a rooming house on Jackson Street in Lawrence around 3:30 a.m. transported Precious Wallaces from a family friend’s home to Lawrence General Hospital before transferring her by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center, where she died on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s Office.

The Department of Children and Families confirmed they are investigating.

Haverhill Mayor Jim Fiorentini said Precious was a student at Consentino Middle School.

“The city of Haverhill sends its condolences to the family of Precious Wallaces,” Fiorentini said. “Our thoughts are with the family during the Christmas season.”

One of Wallaces’ neighbors described her as a “beautiful kid.”

Blodgett’s office says they are investigating all possible causes of Wallaces’ death, including the possible exposure to a toxic substance.

7News sources say that substance is fentanyl.

Grief counselors will be on hand at Consentino Middle School through the end of the week.

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