Freak Dressing Room Accident Kills Boy, 4

Hooded sweatshirt got caught on hanger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2017 1:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally hanged himself while alone in the changing room of a Minnesota thrift store, the AP reports. Authorities say the incident happened Saturday afternoon at Again Thrift & More in Mankato, operated by the Minnesota Valley Action Council. Relatives have started an online fundraising effort to cover funeral expenses for the boy, identified as Ryu Pena. Police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel says the boy apparently got the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing caught on a hanger attached to a wall. Emergency responders took the boy to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Schisel tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune family members, who live in nearby St. James, were in the store at the time. He calls the death "a tragic accident" and says no charges are being pursued. "He loved playing with cars and jumping off of things," says the GoFundMe page. "Ryu was such a sweet boy, with a gorgeous smile, [and] a unique little personality." (Read more accidental death stories.)

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