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    Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release

    At approximately 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, Oxnard Police Department officers responded to a home on the 3400 block of Olds Road regarding an injured child. A four year-old boy was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

    The Oxnard Police Department’s investigation has concluded that the child’s death was an accidental hanging. The Oxnard Police Department, in conjunction with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, investigates all instances of death that occur in the City of Oxnard.

    Assistant Chief Jason Benites stated, “Following first responder’s efforts, the purpose of the Oxnard Police Department’s investigation was to determine what set of circumstances led to this tragic accident.  We at the Oxnard Police Department are saddened that the parents and siblings of this child are mourning the loss of their loved one.”

    Statistics from the National Safety Council, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and other sources indicate that during each year in the United States, about 2,000 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury. Unintentional home injury deaths to children are caused primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking, and poisoning.

    The Oxnard Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to check their homes for objects that could pose potential hazards to their children.     Items that may present a danger to young children can include things such as unsecured cleaning supplies, cords from blinds or curtains, unsecured furniture that children can climb, beds or other furniture placed next to windows, and uncovered electrical outlets.

    The Oxnard Police Department encourages those that have young children in their homes to get down to their child’s height level, and go through every room to see what their child can get into. It is an ongoing process to help keep your child safe in your home.  For additional information on childproofing your home, you can visit the National Safety Council at: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/child-safety/childproofing

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