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Boy, 5, Choked By Dog Pulling On His Scarf In Snow Has Died

PHILADELPHIA (AP/CBS) — A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow, police confirm to CBS Philly.

It happened last Wednesday in the 1900 block of Palomino Drive in the township’s Palomino Farms development around 4:30 p.m.

According to Chief Daniel Friel, with the Warrington Township Police Department, 5-year-old John Bruno passed away Saturday evening at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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According to investigators, the boy was playing outside with the family dog — a 1-year-old hound mix — when the child’s mother saw the boy lying face down in the snow while the dog was pulling and tugging at the scarf.

The child’s mother untied the scarf and carried her young son back into the house, where she called 911.

Police, fire and EMS responded immediately and the first arriving officer administered CPR to the child.

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He was transported to Doylestown Hospital and later transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, authorities said.

The child will be under heavy sedation for several days.

Warrington police say they are working with and following up with the Philadelphia Medical Examiners office in Philadelphia to determine the cause of death.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family pay medical costs says John’s smile was electric and he loved “Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, superheroes and being silly.”

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