Autopsy on Syrian girl from Lesvos refugee centre does not reveal immediate cause of death

An autopsy on a 5-year-old Syrian girl who was found dead on Sunday in a tent at the migrants and refugees reception and identification centre at Moria, on Lesvos island, did not reveal the immediate cause of death, authorities said on Monday.

The coroner’s examination showed great atrophy of the child’s brain and a deep but healed burn on its head. According to sources from the coroner’s office, these indicate that the child died from the long-term effects of chemical weapons used in Syria, its country of origin.

A more detailed brain tissue examination is expected to be carried out.

The child and its family – its parents and five siblings – had crossed from the Turkish shore to Lesvos on October 3.