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No foul play suspected in death of 4-year-old found hanging

March 9, 2012 |  7:34 am

 Police do not believe that foul play was involved in the death of a 4-year-old girl who was found hanging in a closet in her Westchester home, authorities said Friday.

The girl was found by family members Thursday in her home on the 8600 block of Belford Avenue, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Abused Child Unit are trying to determine how the girl ended up hanging in the closet.

"Right now, it's an undetermined death," LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said Thursday afternoon.

KTLA reports that family members attempted to administer CPR, coached by a 911 operator, until emergency personnel arrived.

Neighbor Del Evano told the TV station he heard family members crying, ran to help, and saw the child on the floor.

"I saw a gentleman come out crying, with his face pretty much white without blood," Evano said.

"It was an accidental hanging... something like that," he said.

An autopsy is expected to be performed Friday.

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