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Manchester dancing girl hanged herself accidentally

Megan Williams
Megan had been unaware of the risks, the coroner said

A 10-year-old girl accidentally hanged herself with a dressing gown cord as she danced around her bedroom, a coroner told her inquest.

Megan Williams was taken to hospital after being found by her brother at their home in Harpurhey, north Manchester, in May 2009.

She died despite resuscitation efforts by her mother and paramedics.

Coroner Nigel Meadows said he hoped the case would highlight the dangers of playing with ropes and cords.

He recorded a verdict of accidental death at Manchester Coroner's Court on Tuesday.

"It is an illustration of the significant dangers of playing around with things you put around your neck," he said.

"I am entirely satisfied that Megan had been messing about. She had been dancing, listening to music, and she put her head through the loop.

"She was playing about without knowledge of the risks."



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