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The Clark County Coroner’s Office has ruled on the cause of death of a 13-year-old girl who was found unconscious early on New Year’s Day in a Summerlin neighborhood.

Aumnie Halper, 13, died of acute ethanol poisoning. His death was declared accidental.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Larry Hadfield said Monday abuse and neglect detectives were investigating.

The case remains open and Hadfield said the coroner’s findings will be added to the record. Police are trying to determine if there was a criminal element associated with Alumnie’s death.

No one had been charged with wrongdoing on Monday, he said.

On the morning of January 1, police were called to a house at 59 Panorama Crest Avenue after firefighters called for help for an unresponsive person, according to dispatch logs and a spokesperson for Metro.

The house is owned by Eva Littman, a prominent Las Vegas fertility doctor, according to real estate and business records.

Littman could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Prior to coming to Littman’s, Aumnie spent about five hours with Les Blake, owner of Moon Valley Nurseries. A spokesperson for the Blake family said there was no alcohol in the house on New Years Eve.

Aumnie was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, the coroner’s office said.

Shellie Halper spoke with her daughter about the dangers of alcohol on New Years Eve, less than 24 hours before the girl was found unconscious at Littman’s home, the mother’s lawyer said in January.

Matthew Hoffmann, the lawyer, said Halper did not allow his daughter to drink. Hoffmann could not be reached immediately through a spokesperson on Monday.

Hoffmann said in January that Halper, a single mother, still had many unanswered questions about how her daughter was getting alcohol.

None were missing at the Halper House, according to the lawyer.

According to her obituary, Aumnie was vegetarian and loved animals. She volunteered at her favorite animal shelter and also enjoyed science, sewing, volleyball, basketball, and playing her ukulele.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the autopsy findings motivated the police investigation.


Contact Jonah Dylan at [email protected] To follow @TheJonahDylan on Twitter. Review-Journal editor Blake Apgar contributed to this report.


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