A seven-year-old girl has died after being strangled by her own hooded top when it got caught on a door handle at her home.
An inquest heard that Kimora Zondo, from Cardiff, was found after her mother, Vonnie Dube, woke up from a nap. Dube’s nine-year-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 seven-year-old got caught on the handle.
When Kimora came home from primary school on 7 March she changed from her school uniform into a pink hoodie. Kimora’s mother fell asleep and when she woke she asked her son where his sister was.
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 that the mark on Kimora’s neck had been caused by the hooded top she was wearing, which had a hole in the top of it.
He added: “If you asked the question: ‘Is it possible for a child wearing a hooded top to actually be suspended from that handle in the manner which is suggested by her brother?’ then yes it’s possible, but quite how she got into that position I can’t say.”
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.”
Police carried out an investigation into the girl’s death, including
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