The Los Angeles Police Department's Abused Child Unit is investigating the hanging death of a 4-year-old girl in Westchester, Calif.
While the LAPD does not believe foul play was involved, Officer Cleon Joseph explained to the Huffington Post that the child abuse unit investigates all unexplained deaths involving children under the age of 11. In this case, the incident has been deemed a "death investigation" as opposed to a "homicide investigation."
A call to the Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed that an autopsy won't be completed until Saturday or Sunday.
The girl's name was Miriah Cobbs, and she was found hanging in her closet on Wednesday at around 11:30 a.m. Members of her family had assumed she was playing in another part of the house, but started looking for her when they stopped hearing noises.
When her family members found her in the closet, someone immediately called the police and administered CPR with the help of a 911 operator until the ambulance arrived, KTLA reports. Cobb was taken to the Centinela Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
One neighbor, Del Evano, said he heard the family members wailing and crying, ABC 7reports. "I saw a gentleman come out crying, with his face pretty much white without blood," Evano said. "And then I saw the body."
The police told the Los Angeles Times that they believe the child was playing unsupervised for a brief moment and accidentally choked herself by hanging in the closet.
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