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Examiner revises cause of Summer Phelp's death

Examiner revises cause of Summer Phelp's death

SPOKANE, Wash. - The official cause of Summer Phelp's death has been revised by the medical examiner's office. The officials cause is now "bilateral diffused bronchopneumonia, due to nearly drowning in a bathtub." Officials say a contributing factor was "cumulative blood loss due to multiple non-accidental blunt force injuries." They say the manner of death is homicide.

Adriana Lytle, accused of abusing her four-year-old step daughter to the point of death, wept as she was formally charged with one count of homicide by abuse.

The prosecutor said she was a flight risk because she has no family here, and the judge denied a motion to reduce her bail which remains at $500,000. She plead not guilty and the preliminary trial date is May 14, 2007.

Police say inside the Lytle's third-floor apartment abuse and torture led to the death of four-year-old Summer Phelps. The Lytles have admitted to using a shock collar on the girl and hitting her with a broom handle.

In documents released Wednesday there is new evidence that Summer may have been sexually abused. Investigators are quoted as saying "The severe bruises oriented over Summer's front pelvis area could be consistent with someone grabbing her from behind to control her while sexually abusing her."

The search warrant shows that a rape kit was done on Jonathan Lytle to look for any evidence he may have sexually abused the child.

Also recorded in the papers are admissions from Adrianna Lytle that when she found Summer unconcious in the bathtub in the evening hours of march 10th she "tried cpr on Summer by placing her foot in the middle of Summer's chest and pushing up and down."

Meanwhile, John Lytle admits that summer had been in the bathroom that night for nearly ten hours cleaning clothes.

It is important to note that although a rape kit was taken investigators can't say if Summer was sexually abused. Among other items confiscated from the apartment were the electronic dog shock collar, a belt, mop, and large plastic spoons believed to have been used to hit Summer, and tape with red hair consistant with Summers.

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