MANKATO, Minn. — A 4-year-old Minnesota boy died in a tragic changing room accident on Saturday.
KMSP reports police responded to the Again Thrift store around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The boy was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead from an accidental strangulation.
The boy’s hoodie became stuck on a coat hanger attached to the wall and he suffocated, WCCO reported.
“It appears at this time that he went into a changing room by himself, was gone for only a short period of time without direct supervision and ended up getting his hoodie stuck on a coat hanger and suffocated as a result of that,” Jeremy Clifton of the Mankato Department of Public Safety told KEYC-TV.
The incident remains under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.
On a GoFundMe page, the family identified the boy as Ryu Pena. The family is asking for donations to help with funeral costs.