A three-year-old girl died after choking on part of her own jacket’s zip inside an Asda supermarket, a source has said.
Onlookers dialled 999 at around 8.48pm on Tuesday night at the branch in Aintree, Liverpool, after the alarm was raised.
Ambulances were on the scene in nine minutes, and the girl was rushed 10 miles away to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after.
Now, a source close to the incident has told Metro.co.uk the girl choked on the rubber end of her own jacket’s zip, rather than on an item from the store.
As the death is being treated as non-suspicious, Merseyside Police said they cannot provide further details on her death.
Yesterday Metro.co.uk accurately reported a statement issued by the force claiming ambulances arrived at 9.50pm, almost one hour after emergency services were called.
This statement was incorrect, and police have since clarified that North West Ambulance Service informed them at 9.50pm that they had earlier attended the scene.
Hundreds of tributes have since poured in on social media for the girl, who is yet to be named.
Christine Simpson wrote: ‘Awww that’s terrible so tragic poor little lamb, her parents will be devastated, this is so easily done. RIP little angel and my thoughts are with her family.’
Alex Page commented: ‘This is an awful tragedy for the little girl’s family and anyone else involved. RIP little angel.’
Jean Jackson added: ‘Devastating can’t imagine having to see this happening to a small child God love her and family.’
Barbara Turner-Bone said: ‘Can’t imagine what her parents are going through. Heartbreaking. Thinking of the family. Rip Little angel.’
In a statement, Merseyside Police said: ‘At around 9.50pm, the ambulance service informed Merseyside Police that they had earlier attended reports of a three year-old girl choking inside Asda on Ormskirk Road.
‘The child was taken to hospital but sadly pronounced dead a short time later. The family are being supported by officers at this sad time.
‘The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and enquiries are ongoing. A file is in the process of being prepared for the coroner.’
An Asda spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are shocked and saddened by this incident and send our deepest condolences to the little girl’s family.
‘We are grateful to colleagues who provided immediate assistance in store and will do whatever we can to support them.’
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