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Toddler Dies Pinned Under Daycare's Beanbag Chair

Employee accidentally sat on the chair, say police

(Newser) - Leonardo Sanchez should be celebrating his second birthday on Saturday, but instead of a party, "I'm planning his funeral," his mom tells Utah's KSL . In what police are calling a "very tragic, sad accident," Leonardo was playing with other children at West Jordan Child... More »

Girl, 11, Dies After Choking on Marshmallow at Birthday Party

She was unconscious for nearly a week

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Massachusetts girl died early Friday after choking on a marshmallow at a friend's birthday party, NBC 10 News reports. According to WCVB , Iris Estabrooks dropped off her daughter Azriel at the party in Somerset last Saturday. An hour later, she got a call that Azriel was unconscious.... More »

8-Year-Old Found Dead With Birthday Balloon Over Head

Emergency personnel spent nearly an hour trying to revive the girl

(Newser) - Just hours after a birthday party, an 8-year-old girl went to bed at her home in Portland, Ore., only to be found not breathing by her father 20 minutes later with a large Mylar balloon over her head. Now her devastated family is hoping to raise awareness about the dangers... More »

Cops: Dad Smothered Son While Playing Video Games

Boy, 6, suffocated on Christmas Eve

(Newser) - Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida boy is dead after his father pinned him against a couch while the man and his girlfriend played video games Christmas Eve. Local media outlets report that 31-year-old James Dearman was charged Thursday with aggravated manslaughter of a child. A Sarasota County Sheriff's Office... More »

How Boa Constrictors Really Kill Their Prey

They cut off a prey's blood flow, which kills in minutes

(Newser) - Most people think constrictors like boas and anacondas squeeze the air out of their prey with their muscular coils. And most people are wrong, according to a new study that offers an entirely different theory. Dickinson College researcher Scott Boback explains that colleague Dave Hardy first noticed two decades ago... More »

As Mom Held in Murder Try on Son, Cops Eye 2nd Kid's Death

Woman, 19, tried to suffocate baby in video

(Newser) - A Houston mom has already been accused in the attempted murder of her baby son; now, she's also facing a probe in the death of her 20-month-old daughter, authorities say. Cynthia Kaye Wood, 19, brought the son to the hospital, saying he'd had seizures and might have epilepsy,... More »

Man Captures Python—Then Gets Strangled to Death

Ambar Arianto Mulyo had offered to catch Bali snake

(Newser) - A python strangled a man who had managed to briefly capture it near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali today. The incident happened around 3am as the 15-foot-long python was slithering across a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, said Agung Bawa, a security manager at... More »

Family of Woman Who Suffocated in Sand to Get $80M

Laura Miera died in 2002 after a tractor-trailer struck her car, buried it in sand

(Newser) - A judge has awarded nearly $80 million to the family of a woman who died in 2002 when a tractor-trailer struck her car and buried it in sand, suffocating the woman as teachers and students at a nearby school frantically tried to dig her out. Laura Miera had just dropped... More »

What Scares Even the Medically Fearless

Suffocation ignites different form of fear: study

(Newser) - A much-studied woman was thought to be fearless—literally unable to experience the emotion after having part of her brain, the amygdala , damaged. Nothing from snakes to assaults could scare the woman, dubbed SM, until, in a recent study, she was faced with the feeling of suffocation. That prompted a... More »

Woman Suffocates in Recycling Bin

Bruises indicate she tried to tip the bin over to escape

(Newser) - An Ohio woman apparently tripped and toppled head first into her recycling bin, where she suffocated. Shelia Decoster, 62, was discovered by her husband in the 65-gallon bin. "I shook her leg and called her name, and I knew she was gone," he told the Toledo Blade. She... More »

Accused 'Craigslist Killer' Stabbed, Suffocated Himself

Reportedly used a plastic bag, pen

(Newser) - Accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff was found with a plastic bag tied over his head and puncture wounds on his neck and both ankles. A law enforcement officer says Markoff cut one of his arteries, with sources telling the Boston Herald that he used a pen and his medical-school knowledge... More »

Sex Offender Held in UK Facebook Murder

32-year-old posed as teenager, led police to body

(Newser) - British police are holding a convicted sex offender after he confessed to murdering a 17-year-old girl he met on Facebook, posing as a fellow teenager. The 32-year-old blurted out "I've killed a girl" after being picked up for a car insurance violation. He then led police to a field... More »

Captive Woman Forced to Wear Diaper, Listen to Bible Verses

Ohio police say she was held 3 days

(Newser) - A Michigan woman kidnapped last week was held against her will for three days as her captor read the Bible to her, police say. The alleged assailant picked up the woman in Detroit and drove her to his home in Toledo, the AP reports. When she fell asleep, he undressed... More »

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