WOONSOCKET â An 18-month-old boy was killed at home Monday when a bookshelf toppled over onto the boyâs chest, police said.
The death was still under investigation as of press time. Police Chief Thomas Carey said the incident appears to have been a tragic accident, but an official finding on the cause will not be issued until the police have finished their investigation.
âWe still have some work to do on it,â the chief said. âThe parents are quite distraught.â
The childâs name was not released. But police issued a brief statement saying the incident happened at 113 Parker St., where they were summoned for a medical emergency at 1:28 p.m. Monday.
Though details of exactly what happened were still a part of the investigation, the police said a bookshelf somehow tipped over onto the boyâs chest. Paramedics transported the boy to Landmark Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.