This smiling 7-year-old girl has died after allegedly suffocating on a popped birthday balloon.
Alexandra Hope was popping her birthday balloons in the city of Clinton, in the US state of Tennessee on Sunday, 1st October.
Alexandra’s mother, Channa Kelly went to the living room, and when she came back, she found her daughter facedown with one popped balloon over her head, according to local media.
Grieving Channa said: “I want people to know, so they can be aware.
“That’s what took my baby, it was her birthday balloon. It’s hard to comprehend.
“She was wonderful, so vivacious, independent, she loved crafts, swimming — oh, she was a little fish.”
Clinton police are investigating the incident, according to local media.
The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety issued a warning regarding popped balloons: “Because of the danger of suffocation, the CPSC recommends that parents and guardians do not allow children under the age of eight to play with uninflated balloons without supervision.
“The CPSC does not believe that a completely inflated balloon presents a hazard to young children. If the balloon breaks, however, CPSC recommends that parents immediately collect the pieces of the broken balloon and dispose of them out of the reach of young children.”