Police and paramedics responded to Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, after a 4-year-old girl died from an apparent accidental strangulation by a jump rope.
The girl was playing at the school with a live-in caretaker, the caretaker's mother, and the girl's twin brother around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The girl had been playing with the jump rope around her neck, the boy told police.
The two adults and the boy went to pick berries, and when they returned, found the girl face down halfway down the slide with the jump rope tightly wrapped around her neck, KCSO Sergeant Cindi West said.
The child was pronounced dead at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. The death appears to be accidental, but the King County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
This story has been corrected after more accurate details on the children's ages was released by the King County Sheriff's Office. Detectives say there was a substantial language barrier during the initial investigation and the caretaker was extremely distraught making it difficult to get information.