Girl, 7, died af­ter hoodie caught on door han­dle

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Sarah Marsh

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.”

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