A seven-year-old girl has died in Sammamish, Washington after she accidentally strangled herself with a jump rope in a school playground.
The unnamed girl, her five-year-old brother and two adult supervisors were at the Samantha Smith Elementary School yesterday evening when the little girl began to play with the rope around her neck and was told not to.
Left alone while her brother and the two adults left to pick berries around 7 p.m., the group returned to find the girl unconscious and face down on a slide with the jump rope around her neck.
The slide and playground in Sammamish, Washington where the seven-year-old girl died after an apparent strangulation accident
The Seattle Times reported that the two adults were her mother and a baby-sitter and that the little girl was rushed to Overlake Hospital Medical Center but doctors there were unable to revive her.
King County Sheriff’s Office said that the death appeared to be an accident because no one else was known to be on the school grounds at the time.
The local Fox affiliate has reported that the girl had been playing with her brother in the school playground, placing the rope around her neck, which her younger sibling told her not to do.
However, according to Sgt. Cindi West of King County Sheriff’s office, the death is being investigated by the Major Crimes unit which is standard in all child death cases.
It is not known if the young girl inadvertently died while experimenting with the notorious ‘choking game’.
Samantha Smith Elementary School, in Sammamish, Washington: The playground can be seen centre, while the main school buildings are to the top right
The deadly game, which has become an Internet craze thanks to numerous video demonstrations posted online, involves intentionally trying to choke oneself to attain a brief and intense high produced when oxygen intake is decreased.
The Dangerous Behaviors Foundation, Inc, started in 2006 to raise awareness of the choking game, says there’s no way to determine accurately the number of deaths linked to the dangerous practice because no public health agency tracks them.