A 6-year-old girl accidentally hanged herself Wednesday afternoon after the strap on her school safety helmet got caught in the bars of an overhead ladder at a playground in a park in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. Ai Sugimoto was taken to hospital but remains in a critical condition, police said Thursday.
According to police, the girl got into difficulty as she was climbing the bars with her friends at 4:30 p.m. When her helmet strap got caught on the bars, she fell below and started to choke. Her friends ran to a neighbor for help.
Police said Sugimoto and other children are supposed to wear their safety helmets when they ride bikes. She was wearing the helmet because she came to the park by bicycle. The overhead ladder is about 1.5 meters tall, while Sugimoto is 1.2. meters tall.© Japan Today