4-year-old critically hurt - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4-year-old critically hurt

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A four-year-old girl clings to life at University Medical Center after being found unresponsive with a jump rope around her neck Thursday afternoon.

Lubbock Police say the child's mother called 911 after finding her daughter not breathing in her room.

It was an emotional day for the child's family and neighbors and a busy one for police as they tried to figure out how it happened.

"Apparently she reported to her mother that she was tired, going to go to her room to take a nap," said Lubbock Police Sgt. Jonathan Stewart.

Police say when the girl's mother came in 5 minutes later she found the girl not breathing with the jump rope around her neck. The mother called police after she thought her young girl was dead.

When EMS arrived at the house she was transported to UMC in critical condition.

The medical examiner and detectives lined the usually quiet street. The girl's mother was visibly shaken as she talked with investigators.

Police say the injuries may have been accidental, but they weren't ruling anything out.

"Anytime a juvenile of this age has anything happen, especially something that could cause death, we're going to devote our full resources to it finding out what happened," Stewart said.

Across the street, neighbors like Jennifer Williams looked on with concern.

"Just worried that everything's going to be OK with her and God be with her," said Williams.

Williams' children play with the young girl all the time.

"She's a real sweet little girl and she loves my daughter Alyssa," Williams continued. "They [the family] have really good kids they seem like a really nice family."

Police have not released the child's name.

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