3-Year-Old NYC Girl Dies After Sofa Bed Folds: Police

She and another child were in the bed and the older child managed to get out

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    A 3-year-old girl died after she was caught inside a sofa bed where she and another child were sleeping in their Harlem home Sunday, police said. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Monday, Sep 23, 2013)

    A 3-year-old girl died after she was caught inside a sofa bed where she and another child were sleeping in their Harlem home Sunday, police said.

    Police responding to a 911 call at the home on West 140th Street around 6 p.m. found Aissante Diallo unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said she and a 10-year-old sibling were on the bed when it somehow folded up, trapping Aissante. The 10-year-old was able to escape. 

    Two other younger children were in the room at the time, but not on the bed. 

    The children were in the care of their mother's boyfriend, who flagged down a police officer on the street for help after the child was caught. He has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

    Neighbors were horrified. 

    "Can you imagine?" said Fatsu Matza, crying. "She just stay right there and strangle herself to death." 

    The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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