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    MO-12-year-old accidentally hangs himself on a backyard swing

    http://fox2now.com/2014/09/15/12-yea...ackyard-swing/

    He was helping his dad do some chores in the backyard,’ said Maryland Heights Police Chief William Carson. ‘He was planning to go to a school dance that evening and was doing extra chores so he could go to the dance.’

    But when his dad went inside to take a phone call, Ethan began spinning on a homemade swing fashioned from a child`s pumpkin seat suspended by ropes hanging from a high tree branch.
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    Oh my gosh, this is so sad! If that can happen to a 12 year old then imagine for little children. We have a homemade swing but its a rectangle. I will talk to my husband tonight, its in our front yard and neighborhood kids of all ages swing on it...

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    What is a 'pumpkin seat'?

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    That is so terribly sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cracka*Jaxx View Post
    What is a 'pumpkin seat'?
    My guess, something like this. Article says seat hung from tree branch &
    was "suspended by ropes":


    or


    just a guess.

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    Sorry, cannot figure out how to link on my phone, but that type of seat would be similar to an infant car seat.... eighties, nineties, there were seats similar to the infant bucket car seats we have now, but were NOT made for cars.... hth, and prayers to this young man's family!!!! I could not imagine

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    Thanks for the info. I can see how he could have gotten strangled while spinning fast, as I imagine any 12 year old would. At some point he must have put his head between two of the four ropes. His body weight would have held the ropes tight, preventing him from getting untangled or lifting himself up. Something to certainly be aware of. Just terrible.



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