3-year-old girl dies on slide at playground - KCTV5

3-year-old girl dies on slide at playground

RICHMOND, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A 3-year-old Richmond girl died after becoming entangled in a jump rope tied to the top of a playground slide at a housing complex.

Richmond Police Chief Chad Burnine says officers were called just after 5 p.m. Monday and found the girl unresponsive and not breathing. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Her mother vainly tried to save her daughter, Burnine said. She had been inside cooking dinner when the tragedy occurred.

"Right now we believe Mom thought she was with her older siblings," Burnine said. "They went out to play in a different area of the park and she was left by herself on the playground."

Burnine says it appeared other children tied the rope to the top of the slide so they could pull themselves up from the bottom. The girl got tangled up in the rope while attempting to slide down.

The toddler's death is considered a tragic accident, Burnine said. An autopsy took place Tuesday afternoon as part of wrapping up the investigation.

The girl's identity has not been released.

Richmond is located in Ray County, about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City.

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