INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Independence Township Fire Department responded the 6800 block of Vail Ct. for a report of a 12 year old boy who was not breathing and had no pulse.
According to the parents of the 12-year-old victim, the boy had been in the basement of the home using exercise equipment. The parents indicated that they checked on him approximately 20 minutes later and they found him with a rubber exercise cord around his neck hanging from a pole. He was unconscious and had no pulse. The parents removed him from the exercise equipment and his mother began administering CPR.
The mother was then assisted by the next door neighbor, who is a nurse practitioner, until the Independence Township Fire Department arrived and assumed care for the child.
Paramedics from the Independence Township Fire Department transported the victim to St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in the City of Pontiac where a pulse was re-established. The child was then transferred to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital by the Independence Township Fire Department for further treatment. Deputies secured the scene and collected the exercise equipment that the boy was using.
Detectives responded to continue with the investigation. At this time it appears an accident. He remains hospitalized at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital and is breathing on his own. The attending physician indicated that they will have to monitor him for 24 to 48 hours to determine if his brain is functioning properly. The incident remains under investigation.