Toddler Dies in Freak Accident After a Car's Power Window Closes on Her Head

Kierre Allen
WXYZ

Police in Detroit, Michigan, confirm that a 2-year-old girl has died after a freak accident caused her head to become stuck in a car's power window. Kierre Allen was inside the family car with her father at the time, but tragically, her dad had fallen asleep and was unaware of what had happened. By the time he woke up, it was too late.

  • The incident happened on Monday afternoon, just outside the family's home in Detroit.

    Kierre and her father were inside their 2005 Mazda 3, which was parked in the driveway, according to ABC 7. It's unclear how long Allen was sleeping or why he dozed off inside the vehicle instead of heading into the home. But what is known is that when he awoke, he found his little girl partially outside the vehicle and unresponsive.

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  • The father's screams were immediately heard by family, and a relative rushed both he and Kierre to Sinai-Grace Hospital.

    But sadly, there was nothing medical personnel could do. Kierre was pronounced dead by medical staff shortly after her arrival.

    Her father has since been taken into custody, WXYZ reports -- though it was on unrelated warrants. In the meantime, police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

  • Power windows have posed a danger to little children in the past. 

    According to the safety website KidsandCars.org, it only takes "22 pounds of force to suffocate or injure an infant ... [and] power windows can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force." As a result, power windows have killed or injured dozens of children in the United States in the last decade, and although newer cars have safety features that help prevent this, it's still a concern.

    Consumer Reports urges parents to never leave children alone in a car or to have the keys in the car when kids are nearby. 

    "Pay close attention to the design and location of window switches when shopping for a used car," the website also advises.

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