Girl, 7, died after hoodie caught on door handle
A seven-year-old girl died after being strangled by her hooded top when it got caught on a door handle at her home, an inquest has heard.
Kimora Zondo, from Cardiff, was found after her mother, Vonnie Dube, woke from a nap. Dube’s nineyear-old son told her his sister was “pretending to be sleepy”.
The pair found the seven- year-old unresponsive and called an ambulance. She later died in hospital.
The assistant coroner Nadim Bashir recorded a conclusion of accidental death at the hearing in Pontypridd and said there was no evidence of how the child got caught on the handle on 7 March. She had changed into the pink top after returning from school.
A postmortem found that Kimora died from pressure to the neck caused by a ligature. The pathologist Dr Richard Jones told the inquest he was satisfied the mark on Kimora’s neck had been caused by the hooded top she was wearing, which had a hole in the top.
Bashir said: “In the circumstances the only possible explanation that can be given in this case was a hole in the hoodie, and Kimora was in the hallway with her head close to the handle to allow her to get caught on the handle.
“[She] was unable to extricate herself in the seconds it would take to lose consciousness.”