09/23/2013 11:38 am ET

Aissante Diallo, 3-Year-Old Girl In Harlem, Dies After Suffocating In Sofa Bed


By Aidan Gardiner

MANHATTAN — A 3-year-old girl was playing with her siblings in her Harlem home when she got stuck in a sofa bed and suffocated Sunday evening, cops said.

Aissante Diallo and her 10-year-old sibling were playing in their West 140th Street home when the fold-out bed unexpectedly snapped shut about 6 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.

The older sibling escaped but Aissante suffocated, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither the 10-year-old nor Aissante's 5-year-old sibling, who was also in the room at the time, were injured, police said.

The medical examiner will determine Aissante's cause of death. Police said their investigation was ongoing.