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4-year-old boy accidentally hangs himself in Minnesota store

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 11:15 A.M.

MANKATO, Minn. – Police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally hanged himself while alone in the changing room of a Minnesota thrift store.

Authorities said the incident happened Saturday afternoon at Again Thrift & More in Mankato, operated by the Minnesota Valley Action Council.

Relatives have started an online fundraising effort to cover funeral expenses for the boy, identified as Ryu Pena.

Police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel said the boy apparently got the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing caught on a hanger attached to a wall. Emergency responders took the boy to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Schisel todl the Minneapolis Star Tribune family members, who live in nearby St. James, were in the store at the time. He called the death “a tragic accident” and said no charges are being pursued.