Ohio boy dies after becoming entangled in blanket used as swing

Published 8:07 am Thursday, January 2, 2020

GNADENHUTTEN (AP) — An 11-year-old Ohio boy died after becoming entangled in a blanket that was tied to a basement beam and used as a swing, investigators said.

The death of Jude Stevenson on Saturday appeared to be accidental, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell told The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia. Campbell said the child’s family was distraught.

Investigators said an older sister found the boy entangled and unresponsive at his home in Clay Township in eastern Ohio, roughly 80 miles south of Cleveland. Relatives and emergency responders tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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An autopsy was planned, and his death remains under investigation by deputies.