Boy (5) in hanging tragedy

2009-12-09 00:00

CHILD’S play resulted in the death of a five-year-old boy in Northdale after he accidentally hanged himself with a necktie during lunch hour yesterday.

Wandile Masikane of Deccan Road was playing with his three-year-old younger brother when tragedy struck.

The young boy was a pre-school learner at Northdale Primary. According to one of the neighbours, who ran to the house after hearing screams of the childminder, the boys were playing inside the main bedroom while the former was doing her daily chores.

The tie was hanging on a wardrobe door-knob with the knot still undone and Wandile allegedly climbed on to a small plastic chair and put it around his neck.

“When I got at the house the little one was also crying out of confusion because the auntie was just as confused and shaken by the sight of Wandile’s lifeless body on the floor,” said the neighbour.

uMgungundlovu firefighters, ER24 paramedics and the police arrived.

Both the firefighters and paramedics battled in vain to save the boy. Derrick Banks of ER24 said the firemen were the first to try and revive the boy. He was still lying on the bedroom floor when paramedics took turns in trying to bring him back to life.

“It is not clear what happened after the boy had put the tie around his neck,” Banks said.

“But the domestic worker said she found him slumped over with the tie still around his neck,” Banks added.

The neighbour said it was a terrible experience for the remaining child and their uncle, who has been their guardian since the boy’s mother passed away four months ago.

The uncle, who was at work at the time of the accident, was called.

He could not comment as he was shaken by the incident. The childminder sobbed continually.

Yesterday evening, a relative who declined to give a name said Wandile was supposed to be at school yesterday. “They were told to attend only on Thursday as that would have been their last day for the year,” the relative said.

Banks urges parents who have childminders to send their employees on a course of basic first aid.

He said the course could help keep a person alive until emergency personnel arrive on the scene.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.

A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.


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