The death of a 4-year-old girl Sunday afternoon at a home near Easton was likely accidental, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Family members told deputies the girl, identified as Estefania Duque, tried to climb out of a window in her room and got stuck between the metal security bars, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.
Other adults were at the home, on American Avenue just east of the Cherry Avenue Auction yard, but in another room. It’s not known why Estefania tried to climb out the window, Botti said.
Botti said Estefania was in her room alone for about 30 minutes when a family member who had just come home noticed from the outside of the house that the girl’s head was stuck. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 4 p.m.
American Ambulance and Fresno County Fire personnel were the first emergency workers on scene. Estefania was not breathing when they arrived, and she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Community Regional Medical Center.
Due to the unusual nature of the case, homicide detectives were assigned, Botti said. He said Monday morning that an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Botti said the preliminary investigation suggests the girl’s death was accidental but detectives are waiting for autopsy results to confirm cause of death.
Botti said the case is a good reminder about child-proofing a home: Inspect windows, the cords on blinds, install cabinet locks, protect electrical outlets and secure furniture to walls. It’s important to keep medicines and sharp objects out of a child’s reach, as well as items which can become a choking hazard. The sheriff’s office also encourages families to have talks about a plan in case of an emergency.