4-year-old Sammamish girl's death ruled an accident
By KEVIN ENDEJAN
Issaquah Reporter Assistant editor
August 31, 2012 · Updated 9:59 AM
Victoria Churin, 4, died Tuesday night in Sammamish in what the King County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled an accident.
The girl, who initially reported by authorities to be 7, died as the result asphyxia due to accidental strangulation while playing with a jump rope in the Samantha Smith Elementary School playground.
Police responded 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 call was received. The victim and her twin brother were at the school playground with an adult, live-in caretaker.
The girl had reportedly been playing with a jump rope sometime before the incident happened. At some point the caretaker and the 4-year-old boy went to a nearby location to pick blackberries while the girl stayed on the playground to play.
When the caretaker and boy returned to the playground they found the girl on the slide with the rope around her neck. She was rushed to a Overlake Hospital where she died soon after.
Detectives said there was a substantial language barrier during the initial investigation and the caretaker was extremely distraught making it difficult to get information.
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