Who was Cristian Pavon Peneda?
Cristian Pavon Peneda was a little boy from Texas who has died of suspected hypothermia in Conroe hours after he played in the snow for the first time, as a huge winter storm continued to wreak havoc and cause freezing temperatures across the country.
Peneda was found dead in his bed Monday — after spending some time out in the snow for the first time in his life, his family told the Houston Chronicle.
How old was Cristian Pavon Peneda?
Cristian Pavon Peneda was 11 years old at the time of death.
Cristian Pavon Peneda Conroe, Texas
It was his “first time (seeing snow). That’s why he was excited outside,” the child’s mother Maria Elisa Pineda told The Houston Chronicle on Thursday. “Everything was well. He was happy that day. He was not at all sick.”
The boy was filmed and photographed frolicking in the snow by his mother, and the pair spent half an hour outside before going inside to get warmer.
On Sunday evening, Cristian Pavon Pineda shared a bed with his 3-year-old step-brother in their mobile home that suffered a power loss early Monday on the morning, his family told the newspaper.
The family moved to the U.S. from Tela, Honduras, two years ago and were not used to such freezing temperatures.
Cristian Pavon Death
Although the toddler was fine, the following day, by 2 pm, the sixth-grader had not stirred. Cristian Pavon Pineda made no complaint of feeling unwell the previous evening, Maria Elisa Pineda said.
After the 11-year-old was found dead on Monday afternoon, his mother and step-father, Manuel Moreno, 38, immediately called the police. Conroe Police Department investigators came to the home and stayed until 8 pm that day.
Cristian Pavon Cause of Death
An autopsy was performed Thursday, said Conroe PD spokesman Sgt. Jeff Smith, adding it would take several weeks before the cause of death is confirmed. He said the family home was a 40-year-old single-wide trailer with little insulation. “By all other means, he was a normal, healthy child,” Smith said.
Maria Elisa Pineda is trying to secure her son’s remains and transport them to Honduras. The boy’s birth father has been notified of his son’s death.
Cristian Pavon GoFundMe
The family has since launched a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to send Cristian’s remains to his native Honduras.
“His wish was to see his grandparents again and that is what the mother wants to fulfill, please help with whatever you can in order to hopefully be able to achieve this, God bless you,” the page said.