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Updated: 8/16/2013 11:26 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Parents of a 13-year-old boy who fell ill earlier this week have a warning for parents everywhere.

Chris and Stephanie Senter say on Monday, August 12, their son, Baylee Senter, went to practice with his teammates for the Fulton Middle School basketball team.

After practice, the Senters say Baylee had a hard time moving.  The Senters say they thought Baylee was just sore.

Baylee's parents say on Tuesday, August 13, their son had to leave school early because he could not walk.  They brought him home and gave him a bath to ease the pain.  By Wednesday, the Senters say Baylee's urine looked like coffee, so they took him to the emergency room.

The Senters say doctors decided to have Baylee transported to Memphis by ambulance.

The Senters say Baylee's legs are swollen and may require surgery to reduce the swelling.  She says his kidneys are functioning at about 30 percent, and he may need dialysis.  She says doctors told them their son's condition was caused by too much exercise.

Stephanie Senter says she was originally told the worst case scenario that Braylee might lose his legs.

But, the parents later learned from doctors that that would not have to happen.

According to Stephanie Senter, Baylee, and other players, were over-exercised by the team coach. 

Baylee's stepmother says the coach told them they could take a break, but they would be off the team. 

Stephanie Senter says she was made aware of several children throwing up during or after practice.

The Senters tell WTVA they met with the principal and assistant principal of Fulton Middle School Friday.  Stephanie Senter says the principal told her school leaders were going to take precautions that this would never happen again and that students would only be allowed to participate in one sport at a time.

Stephanie Senter says Baylee only practiced with the basketball team.  She says he did not practice or play with the football team.

Stephanie Senter says the principal was apologetic and said Baylee would be in her prayers.  Senter says there were rumors going around the school that Baylee was out of shape and that is why he was in the hospital.  Baylee's parents say he is a very active child, and he spent the summer lifting weights with the high school football team.

The Senters say they want other parents to be aware. 

Superintendent of Itawamba County Schools Michael Nanney issued this statement Friday afternoon:

"We are sensitive to the concerns of our parents and community, and we are investigating the incident.  Due to the ongoing investigation and age of the student, we are unable to discuss the matter at this time."

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