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Child strangles in drapery cord

Update, 7:10 p.m.:

Montgomery County police have released more information about what appears to be a tragic accident in Silver Spring on Friday.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they found an unconscious 17-month-old boy being held by one of his parents. The officers started CPR and, because they were first on the scene, took the boy in a cruiser to an area hospital, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives do not suspect foul play.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the boy had been put down for a nap, but had somehow managed to get out of his crib and had become entangled in a looped drapery cord in his bedroom,” police said in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding this incident remain under investigation -- to include who else was in the home at the time. …The preliminary evidence indicates this to be an accidental death.”

Police originally said the boy was 18 months old, but based on new information, now say he is 17 months old.

Original post: An 18-month-old boy in Silver Spring died Friday after getting tangled in a looped drapery chord, Montgomery County police said.

Detectives do not suspect foul play. "This presents itself as a tragic, accidental death," said Lucille Baur, a police spokeswoman.

Officers were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Northampton Drive at 11:44 a.m. for a suspicious situation. After arriving and seeing the child, they administered CPR, then took the child to a hospital in a police car.

The probe continues in what police are terming a death investigation.

By Dan Morse  | September 17, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
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My heart really goes out to this family. I will pray for you.

Posted by: LoveTheCapitol | September 18, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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