NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 3-year old Harlem girl was killed Sunday in what appears to be a horrible accident.
According to sources, Aissante Diallo and her older sisters — ages 5 and 10 — were playing on a sofa bed inside their West 140th Street home around 6 p.m. when one of the folds came down, trapping the little girl inside, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
Aissante was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
It appears Aissante suffocated, sources said, but investigators are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner.
Neighbors were shocked, calling the incident a tragic accident that highlights a hidden danger that every parent should be aware of.
“You try to child-proof your home and then there will be the littlest thing that you’re not even aware of until something happens,” one neighbor said. “This is another tragedy where now parents have to be aware of sofa beds.”
“I can’t even imagine what they’re feeling; a mother shouldn’t have to bury their child,” another neighbor said.
Police said the girls were being watched by their mother’s boyfriend at the time of the incident, Sandberg reported.
The investigation is ongoing.
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