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WOONSOCKET â€“ An 18-month-old boy was killed at home Monday when a bookshelf toppled over onto the boyâ€™s 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.
â€śWe still have some work to do on it,â€ť the chief said. â€śThe parents are quite distraught.â€ť
The childâ€™s 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 boyâ€™s chest. Paramedics transported the boy to Landmark Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.