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Death of girl in Del Paso Heights appears to be accidental hanging

Sacramento police said the death of a girl in Del Paso Heights appears to be the result of an accidental hanging.

Police and fire department personnel were summoned to the 3800 block of Jasmine Street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on a medical aid call. Fire department medical personnel transported Krista Nichols, 5, of North Highlands to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators and Child Protective Services were notified of the little girl’s death.

“It appears to be a tragic accident,” said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse. “There is nothing to indicate foul play.”

CBS-13 quoted a relative as saying the little girl was found hanging on a rope attached to a hook meant for potted plants on the living room ceiling.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office will make the final determination on the cause of death.