Omaha, Nebraska, police confirmed that a 3-year-old boy is dead after a car power window rolled up and closed on his neck on April 15, as he waited inside his mother’s car in a store parking lot.
According to Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl, the young boy, identified as Everton Isay Romero, died in an Omaha hospital on Friday. CBS reports that Everton never regained consciousness after accidentally rolling up his neck in a car power window while waiting inside the car at a store parking lot in Schuyler.
It’s still unclear how the window was activated. The boy’s mother had the window rolled down when the incident occurred. Investigators indicated that they’re still unsure how long Everton was caught in the window. Kracl said no autopsy was performed because there was no indication that any laws were broken. The attorney stated that the child’s mother “acted appropriately the entire time.”
According to the non-profit organization, KidsandCars.org, thousands of children have died or been injured by power windows. The organization states it takes only 22 pounds of forces of suffocate a baby. Power windows “can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force.”
It’s also unclear whether the boy was left alone in the car when the incident occurred. The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.
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