Medical Examiner Says Kenneka Jenkins Died By Accident After Walking Into Hotel Freezer
The teen died from hypothermia.
Kenneka Jenkins’ death was an accident, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Friday (Oct. 6). According to CBC Chicago, Jenkins died from hypothermia; she was found in a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Il., last month.
Her autopsy revealed that Jenkins had alcohol and the medication topiramate (which is commonly used to treat epilepsy and prevent migraines) in her system. When combined with alcohol, the effects of the medication are "enhanced.”
Jenkins reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .0112.
“Ethanol and topiramate intoxication were significant contributing factors” to her death, the report states.
“Topiramate, like alcohol, can cause dizziness, impaired memory, impaired concentration, poor coordination, confusion and impaired judgment,” the medical examiner revealed per CBS News Chicago. “Central nervous system depression or impairment, combined with cold exposure, can hasten the onset of hypothermia and death.”
Surveillance video showed Jenkins staggering through the hotel. While there was no video of her walking into the freezer, she can be seen in a kitchen within the hotel.
According to the coroner, Jenkins was discovered “approximately 21 hours after she was documented entering the kitchen.” She was facedown in the freezer with the doors closed. The temperature in the freezer was approximately 34 degrees Fahrenheit two hours after Jenkins was found.
Read the full autopsy report below.