White Settlement boy, 4, dies a week after oven tips over on him

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Avoiding tip-over tragedies

• Anchor furniture to a wall or floor.

• Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, or anchor the furniture and the TV on top of the base. Push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.

• Keep remote controls, toys and other items that might attract children off of TV stands or furniture.

• Keep TV and cable cords out of reach of children.

• Make sure free-standing kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.

• Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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A 4-year-old White Settlement boy died in a Fort Worth hospital late Saturday from injuries he suffered a week earlier when an oven in the family’s back yard toppled on him.

Christian Rincon was playing Feb. 15 in the back yard of his home in the 7600 block of Longfield Drive when the incident occurred, according to White Settlement police.

“The mother went to look for the child and couldn’t see him due to a large back yard so she called police to report him missing,” said Lt. J.P. Bevering, a White Settlement police spokesman.

Officers found Christian underneath a disconnected oven that was being stored in the back yard.

“Since the oven was not secured to anything, all indications are that the child opened the oven door, climbed on the door and the oven fell over on top of him, hindering or stopping his breathing,” Bevering said.

Officers and firefighters administered CPR to Christian, who was then taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

He was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office. The cause and manner of his death were still pending as of Monday.

“All indications point to a tragic accident and no foul play involved,” Bevering said.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said that while the state agency still has an open investigation of the incident, it “does seem to be a tragic accident.”

Between 2000 and 2011, 349 people were killed by televisions, furniture or appliances toppling over on them, according to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released in December 2012.

Of those fatalities, 84 percent were children younger than 9, the report said.

According to the agency’s estimates, more than 43,000 people were taken to emergency rooms from 2009 through 2011 for injuries suffered in tip-over accidents, and 59 percent of the victims were children under 18.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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