The death of a 4-year-old girl Sunday afternoon at a home near Easton was ruled accidental Tuesday, the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office said.
Estefania Duque was asphyxiated by the metal security bars that covered the window in her room, the sheriff’s department said, announcing the results of a forensic pathologist’s examination.
Family members told deputies Estefania 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.