Macon County Chronicle

Three-Year-Old Killed by Spider Bite

Kaylee Brooke Davis

The family of 3-year-old Kaylee Brooke Davis, of Bakerton Road outside of Red Boiling Springs, is mourning her death after she passed away at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville on Wednesday, September 1st, less than 24 hours after being bitten by a brown recluse spider late Tuesday afternoon.

According to family member Vickie Cherry, of Hwy. 52 By Pass East here in Lafayette, Kaylee, who is the daughter of Curtis and Elizabeth Davis, was sitting in a pink lawn chair at her residence, when she unfolded a blanket, wrapped it around her, then quickly began crying. Her grandmother, Corinna Davis, unwrapped the spread, where she saw what appeared to be a brown recluse spider and immediately put it in a plastic bag.

“They rushed her to Macon County General Hospital,” said Mrs. Cherry, “where she was treated and released. But unfortunately, later that night she developed a high fever and early Wednesday morning they rushed here by private car to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was given a blood transfusion. But the situation took a turn for the worse and little Kaylee’s heart stopped beating, and after the medical staff performed CPR on her for over twenty minutes, she was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.”

“The whole family is completely devastated,” said close friend Janet Crawford, “and they certainly have a difficult road ahead of them. Everybody adored that precious little girl, who loved being outdoors with all her animals, and riding four-wheelers with her Pa. This is such a sad, sad loss for her parents & grandparents, and my heart goes out to them as they mourn a life cut too short.”

A Macon County General Hospital spokesperson said doctors did all they were suppose to for the little girl and because everything seemed normal, including her vital signs, she was allowed to return home for the night.

Funeral services for Kaylee Brooke Davis were conducted Saturday afternoon, September 4th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Red Boiling Springs, Tn., with Brother Jeff Short officiating. Interment followed in the Davis Family Cemetery. Her pallbearers were Marcus Payne, Tracy Baird, Dakota Tubb, John Tubb, Jr., and Kerry Smalling.

Survivors besides her parents include: maternal grandfather, Richard Lawler, Union City, Tn.; maternal grandmother, Gail Lawler, Martin, Tn.; maternal great-grandfather, Guy McDaniel, Wynburg, Tn.; paternal grandparents, Darrell & Corinna Davis, Leonard Community; paternal great-grandfather, John Reynolds, Mattoon, Ill.; paternal great-grandmother, Patricia (Doug) White, Lafayette, Tn.; paternal great-grandfather, James Davis, Leonard Community.

An account has been established at Macon Bank & Trust for funeral expenses and donations can also be made at the funeral home.

Arrangements by the Anderson & Son Funeral Home, in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, 615-699-2191.

(In a three-year research program at Kansas University, it was found that virtually any dark, undisturbed area can serve as harborage for the secretive brown recluse spider. Consequently, they are more likely to wander into shoes, clothing or bedding and bite people when they inadvertently become trapped against the skin. According to the study, it is a good idea to shake covers and blankets before using them, as well as shoes before putting them on, so as to make sure there are no spiders in there.)