Jump Rope Strangles Wichita Falls Girl On Playground

WICHITA FALLS (AP/CBSDFW) — A 5-year-old North Texas girl is dead after she was found hanging by the neck from her jump rope on a piece of playground equipment.

Police were sent to the playground of a south Wichita Falls apartment complex about 3 p.m. Thursday. Police records show they found that the girl hanging by her neck after she became entangled in her jump rope while playing on the piece of playground equipment.

The child was taken to United Regional Medical Center but could not be resuscitated.  Police records show no evidence of foul play was found.  Her body has been sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

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  • 2sister

    How very sad.

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  • L. Cherry

    Why was this child in the playground unattended is my question. Sadly the parents should be charged with something.

    • 2sister

      I thought that at first, and then reread the article. It doesn’t actually say she was left unattended. It just says what the police found when they got there. That could mean that she was unattended or it could mean that they arrived on the scene while she was still tangled in the rope. The article isn’t very clear on that point.

      • rd

        if a parent was there, she wouldn’t have been hanging there long enough to have been strangled. the parent would have seen what was going on before it became a crisis. also, if the parent had been there, why would she still be hanging from the rope when the police got there? they surely would have gotten her down and tried to resuscitate her if she was not conscious. I can only conclude that she was unsupervised.

  • THE Kevin Fillingim

    1) Why was a 6 year old girl not in school at 3pm?

    2) Wichita County, or Wichita Falls itself, doesn’t have the capability to perform an autopsy?

    3) Seriously, how do you get a jump rope caught on a piece of playground equipment to the point of hanging yourself? Something doesn’t add up.

    • EaglesQuestions

      Some find suspicion in every tragic event.

      This isn’t the first time that a child accidentally hanged herself with some toy or piece of clothing.

      • rd

        no it isn’t the first time, but as I said elsewhere, it likely would not have been fatal if there had been an adult present. A 5 year old has no business being anywhere unattended. I never left my kid out of my sight for fear of kidnapping alone. And a playground is prime real estate for pedophiles. So yes, it IS suspicious that a kid that young was alone long enough to die from being accidentally hung.

    • 2sister

      Actually, it says she was 5. She might have a fall birthday. If she has a fall birthday, she wouldn’t be old enough for kindergarten.

      • rd

        even if she was in kindergarten, it could be half day. my daughter had half day kindergarten, and so did my nephew.

  • Rednecks Are Funny

    Get a life, you dumb hicks. A girl is dead. Go back to your Pall-Malls and Moon Pies and stop being armchair Columbos.

    • rd

      and we see that you have such a fulfilling life that here you are, surfing the net at 2 am on a Friday night.

  • janna culley woods

    It really is ap sad thing. I am so sick oe the comment people leave. She had just turned 5 two wks ago. It was a freak accident it could have to anyone. There is a sign out stating that ages 5 to12 should be supervised at all times. I feel that high point should enforce that rule

  • rd

    @janna- Yes it is very sad, yes it was a freak accident that could have happened to anyone. But it would have not been fatal had a parent or other responsible adult been present to prevent her from being stuck in that position. They could have taken her down before it killed her.

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