A 13-year-old girl in Texas died days after reportedly suffering a head injury in an altercation which occurred outside her middle school on Thursday.
KTRK reported Kashala Francis was taken off life support days after losing consciousness at a relative’s home. Her mother, Mamie Jackson, told the news station that two girls jumped her daughter after school before a third girl kicked her in the head.
A video of the after-school fight reportedly shows Francis being attacked and kicked. In a snippet provided by KRTK, a girl’s apparently seen sitting on top of Francis and pulling her hair.
“I can see these girls kicking her in her head while other children are laughing at her,” Jackson previously told the news station through tears.
Jackson said Francis came home with a bruise on her face but said she was okay. She was reportedly at a family member’s home Saturday when she temporarily appeared confused.
Jackson said her daughter called her over the phone Sunday and complained of a headache, prompting her to come to the relative’s home to check on her.
“I drove over and I told her get up. I said ‘Get up, Kashala.’ She kept saying, ‘Mama, my head hurt,’ so she laid down,” she recalled to the news station.
Francis never regained consciousness. While treated at Texas Children’s Hospital, Jackson said she learned the 13-year-old had a large tumor in the back of her head and was amassing fluid in her brain.
Her family said they were unaware of the brain tumor before Sunday. However, officials haven’t determined whether the tumor played a role in the Attucks Middle School student’s death.
In a statement issued to KTRK, the Houston Independent School District said they’re cooperating with police during the ongoing investigation.
[Featured Image: Kashala Francis/KTRK video screengrab]