Badly injured Hughson 7-year-old dies

The Modesto Bee
A prayer and hymn service was held for first-grader Morgan Thornsberry on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Hughson Elementary School. Morgan, critically injured in an incident Saturday night, died Thursday, Oct. 1. Deke Farrow

Morgan Thornsberry, the 7-year-old boy critically injured Saturday night in an incident just outside Hughson, died Thursday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

The family’s friends, neighbors and much of the Hughson community rallied around the Thornsberrys, offering prayers, support and monetary donations as the Hughson Elementary first-grader lay in critical condition this week at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Posts on social media indicated the child suffered a major head injury.

On the Prayers for Morgan gofundme page, which raised more than $28,000 in support for the family, an update Thursday morning asked for prayers specifically at 8 a.m., when “the last exam of brain activity will be assessed, and if no change, a legal declaration of death will occur.”

Late Thursday, Morgan’s parents, Kasey and Shandea, posted this message on the page: “We cannot thank you enough for all of the prayers and support throughout this week for our family while we are going through this. The Lord chose to take our sweet, beautiful Mr. Morgan to heaven this morning. Our hearts are aching with grief, but we know that the Lord is in control and his timing is perfect, even if we don’t understand. Continue reading
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