Girl, 3, dies after freak accident at kindergarten playground

A toddler has died following a freak accident on a playground at daycare.

The three-year-old girl was using playground equipment on May 10 at the Sioux Falls daycare centre, in the US state of South Dakota, when a rope became tangled around her neck, according to police spokesman Sam Clemens.

The little girl died on May 12 and crowdfunding page CaringBridge identified her as Sophia Biver.

According to the page, a CT scan showed Sophia had suffered a brain injury and could not recover from it.

Sophia's heartbroken family have paid tribute to their daughter. Source: CaringBridge

“She passed surrounded in love by her parents, Wendy and Matt,” the page reads.

“She did not suffer, nor feel pain as she passed.”

The toddler had also suffered seizures in hospital before she died. The little girl was placed in the ICU in a medically-induced coma.

Little girl with 'a great imagination'

According to Sophia’s obituary, she was “always filled with joy that spread to so many people”.

“She had a great imagination that amazed everyone,” it reads.

“She touched so many people’s lives with her beautiful and fiery personality.

Sophia Biver, 3, pictured with her parents.
The three-year-old died after suffering an accident on a playground. Source: CaringBridge

“She enjoyed singing and dancing with her mum and dad, playing with her cousins and other friends, and spending her days with both sets of grandparents.

“Her parents will always remember Sophia as having the most beautiful red hair, a radiant smile, a big heart, and an amazing capability to love everyone.”

Mr Clemens said police are still investigating Sophia’s death.

with The Associated Press

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