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Girl Dies After Attack By Ant Swarm

March 1, 1988

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A 16-month-old girl bitten last week by a swarm of ants has died, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

Tiffany Cheatham died Monday night, according to Kathy Musial of Sacred Heart Hospital here. The spokeswoman said she did not yet know the official cause of death.

Tiffany was rushed to the hospital Feb. 23 after a playful dog pushed her into an ant hill near her Florida Panhandle home of Navarre, 20 miles outside Pensacola.

The girl’s mother, Lynn Cheatham, and a neighbor had desparately tried to remove the ants, taking off Tiffany’s clothes and putting her in a bathtub, but many of the insects were entangled in her hair.

″There were ants all around all of us,″ said the neighbor, Janet Streaker.

The girl initially lapsed into unconsciousness, but was revived at the scene, said Chief Don Van Derryt of the Holley-Navarre Fire and Rescue Association.

Ann Papadelias, another hospital spokeswoman, said she suspected the girl was attacked by fire ants, known for painful and sometimes deadly stings.

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