Medical examiner investigates death of boy found in swing set - East Valley Tribune: Gilbert

Medical examiner investigates death of boy found in swing set

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:14 pm | Updated: 3:06 pm, Thu May 19, 2011.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy Thursday on a 4-year-old boy who died Tuesday, a day after his mother found him entangled in a swing set in the backyard of the family’s home.

The boy, who was identified as Houston “K.C.” Smith, was pronounced dead at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center on Tuesday, according to information from the Gilbert Fire Department.

Fire crews responded to the family’s residence near Recker and Brooks Farms roads on unincorporated county land in Gilbert about 3 p.m. Monday, moments after the boy’s mother discovered him entangled in part of the swing set, according to Mark Justus, a Gilbert fire spokesman.

Justus said the boy became tangled in some kind of rope as he was coming down the slide. The rope was not an original part of the swing set, and it was not known how long the boy had been outside.

“It’s super unfortunate,” Justus said. “This is a whole family who has had their lives turned upside down.”

The Smith family has set up a memorial account for the boy at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be accepted at any branch.

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