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Minnesota Boy, 4, Dies After Accidentally Hanging Himself in Changing Room of Thrift Store

A 4-year-old boy died in an apparent changing room accident at a Mankato, Minnesota thrift store on Saturday, officials said.

Ryu Pena is seen in a photo on a GoFundMe page.

The boy was shopping with his grandmother at a thrift store around 5:30 p.m. when the incident happened, local TV station WCCO reported.

Emergency responders took the boy, identified as Ryu Pena, to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

“It appears at this time that he went into a changing room by himself, was gone for only a short period of time without direct supervision and ended up getting his hoodie stuck on a coat hanger and suffocated as a result of that,” Jeremy Clifton of the Mankato Department of Public Safety told KEYC-TV in Mankato.

The incident remains under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.

Ryu’s mother, Denise Gonzalez, told WCCO her son was very energetic, and called him “a daredevil.”

“He would try to break dance and do little moves,” Gonzalez said. “He was playing because he’s very curious, adventurous, and it all just happened so quickly.”

The family created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.