Seven-year-old girl crushed to death while playing at birthday party

CREDIT: Policia Nacional

A GIRL, seven, died in Estepona, on the Costa del Sol, after a metal structure fell on her while she was playing at a birthday party.
According to local Spanish daily Diario Sur, she and her parents were on a property in the Padron area of Estepona, in Malaga Province, with other families celebrating a birthday party when the accident occurred at around 6pm.
The adults suddenly heard a loud crash and when they rushed to see what had happened the saw that a large metal structure had fallen on the girl where she had been playing with other children.
Diario Sur reported that it was not known exactly what the structure was but that some sources spoke of a structure to tie up horses and others suggested it was an large old set of scales.
They immediately rushed to help her and took her to Estepona health centre where CPR was performed. The health centre called the 112 Emergency Services in Andalucia and they alerted the National Police. They tried to stabilise the girl to take her to hospital but to no avail as the little girl died at the health centre. A coroner was called in to certify the death.
The National Police are handling the investigation of the child’s death in what appears to have been a terrible accident.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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