Arizona girl dies in hide-and-seek accident, police say

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 8:23 PM
Arizona girl dies in hide-and-seek accident, police say

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 10-year-old girl was found dead on Tuesday after she likely suffocated in a storage container she may have climbed into during a game of hide-and-seek at her Phoenix home, authorities said.

Phoenix police said the girl probably died from asphyxiation or suffocation after crawling into the hinged-topped plastic container while playing with family members late on Monday or early on Tuesday. Her aunt and uncle, her legal guardians, had already gone to sleep.

She was found on Tuesday morning and family members tried to resuscitate her, police said. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene by Phoenix firefighters.

"We believe she voluntarily climbed into the container and was overcome," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump. "It just appears to be a tragic accident. There were no signs of foul play," he added.

Authorities were awaiting results from the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death.

Investigators said the girl was known for hiding in unusual places during the games, including the home's clothes dryer. She also would not respond to calls from her guardians.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Cynthia Johnston)