Autopsy In On Middle School Football Player

A 13-year-old boy who was injured in a football game died of a blunt trauma head injury. That's according to the Mecklenburg County medical examiner's office.

Will McLeod was an eighth-grader at North Lincoln Middle School
who was hurt last Wednesday night during a game against West
Lincoln Middle School.

An investigator with the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's
office, said Will's death was due to acute subdural hematoma -- a
condition caused from head trauma.

Melanie McLeod says her son had carried the ball and was
tackled. She says he got up, walked to the sideline and fell to the
ground. He died the next day.

A spokeswoman for Lincoln County Schools says the equipment Will
was wearing during the game was refurbished, but had been X-rayed
before the start of the football season. The spokeswoman says the
district doesn't use equipment with hairline fractures or other

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