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Update: Police Release Name of Child Killed By Falling TV

Jeff Garretson - January 21, 2014 6:55 pm

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Police release more details on the death of a 2-year-old girl after an older-model television fell on her in a Salina apartment.

According to Police Captain Mike Sweeney, officers and medics were called to Apartment 7H at the Chapel Ridge Apartments, 2363 Chapel Ridge, at 1:39pm on Tuesday after a mother heard the sound of a TV crashing down in a bedroom where her daughter was playing.

Captain Sweeney tells KSAL News that Rayanna Harsh was transported to Salina Regional Health Center where she was pronounced dead, “We are continuing our investigation,” he said.

“There will be an autopsy conducted on the child, but at this point it appears to be an accident – and our condolences are with the family.”

Police say the mother, 34-year-old Sarah Harsh and her sister were in the apartment at the time of the accident.

Captain Sweeney added that the television weighs about 90-pounds, “A lot of those older style TV’s tend to be front heavy, and at some point the TV was on the stand, the child was in the room by herself,” he said.

“So we can not say exactly what happened at that point but once the TV does fall forward it does have a lot of force.”

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