State of Delaware
Department of Safety and Homeland Security
DIVISION OF STATE POLICE
Acting Superintendent Joseph Papili
Contact: Sgt. Walter Newton - Public Information Office
DSP News Release: Accidental Death Investigation
Location of Incident: 18000 block White Oak Drive, Tall Pines MHP, Lewes, Sussex County, DE
Date and Time of Occurrence: Thursday, July 5, 2009 2110 hours
State police are investigating the accidental death of a 3 year-old girl which occurred on Thursday evening.
State police were called to the Tall Pines MHP west of Lewes after 9 in the evening. A three year-old girl was eating grapes with other family members when one became lodged in her throat. The little girl lost consciousness and family members called “911.”
Sussex County paramedics arrived on the scene along with a state trooper and began providing first aid. While the girl was transported to Beebe Medical Center, medics were able to dislodge the grape, however, upon arrival at the medical facility the child died.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting a follow-up investigation.
Released July 5, 2009 at 0800 hours
Sgt. Walter Newton 818
Delaware State Police Public Information Office
P.O. Box 430 Dover, DE 19903