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Phoenix, AZ — This story is a week old, but I figured I’d post it for anyone else who, like me, didn’t see it. A 10-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek was found dead inside a storage locker last week.

The girl was playing outside a home with her cousins and some neighborhood kids late Monday night, early Tuesday morning, when she climbed inside the small trunk to hide. Reports are the girl took considerable pride in not being found by picking some pretty good hiding places in the past, including a dryer.

This time she picked one a little too good. It was a storage locker of some type located in the backyard of the house. She would not be found until the next morning when the adults in the home woke up and began looking for her. Attempts were made to revive her but she had already died, possibly of positional asphyxiation or suffocation.

Police do not suspect foul play, but they did notify child protective services when they found the inside of the home a mess. The girl lived at the home with her grandmother, an aunt and uncle and at least three other siblings.

I’m wondering why a 10-year-old girl, and other young children, were allowed to play outside and unsupervised at 1 o’clock in the morning and why none of these kids alerted the adults when they could not find the girl in the first place.

This is the second story that I can remember having here on the site involving someone dying while playing hide-and-seek. The first was a 6-year-old James Cook, the Nebraska boy who died in a similar fashion as this girl after he climbed inside a large microwave.

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  • Anonymous

    “I’m wondering why a 10-year-old girl, and other young children, were allowed to play outside and unsupervised at 1 o’clock in the morning”

    Cause the guardians passed out from a wild day of partaying leaving the children awake and unsupervised.  I see child neglect all over this one.

  • Anonymous

    Morbid, I agree with you.The fact that they had a trunk in the backyard not secured is telling also. They are none to bright.I bet all of these children are unsupervised often.

  • well, i don’t think they were allowed. she wasn’t found until the next morning when the adults woke up.

    i’m pretty harsh when it comes to holding parents accountable for damn near everything, but i can’t seem to do it in this scenario.

    probably because i remember countless times my brothers and i snuck outside after dark to do the same thing. granted we lived in the middle of no-where and the only thing we were scared of was being caught.

    which leads me to believe that’s exactly why those kids didn’t tell an adult, they weren’t supposed to be doing it in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    My friends and I did the same thing when we were that age, we’d even beg to camp out in the yard just so we could get away with it. My mom would leave the door unlocked for us, and the porch light on in case we got scared or wanted to come in for something, and she always slept light in case something happened that we needed help.

    As for the messy house.. I’d imagine it would be messy with 3 kids and 3 adults living there. I’d be curious to see some pictures to see how bad the mess was. I honestly don’t know a parent that has a spotless home. Clean, yes.. but cluttered from being lived in and played in by children.

    Yeah, I could see how this could easily be a horrific accident so I’m going to hold off on raging at how fit/unfit these people were until more information comes out.

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  • Hekate

    having grown up in Phx… i can tell you 1o’clock in the morning is about the time to play outside it sooooo frakkin HOT during the day… we frequently waited for late hours in the summer to run around…
    but this is sad sad sad…..

  • Hekate

    having grown up in Phx… i can tell you 1o’clock in the morning is about the time to play outside it sooooo frakkin HOT during the day… we frequently waited for late hours in the summer to run around…
    but this is sad sad sad…..

  • This is just like one of my favorite scary stories.  The differences are that, instead of a girl, the person playing hide-and-seek was a new bride and they didn’t find her the next day.  They found her 100 years later.  Creepy.  After hearing that story when I was seven years old, I made sure to never go into any enclosed spaces with locks, especially while playing hide and seek!  My mom told me not to take it too seriously–after all, it was just a story and stuff like that doesn’t happen in real life.  I didn’t believe her.  I’m going to show her this article and say, “See?  I told you so!”

    It’s sad, though, that it did happen in real life:(  What a horrible way to die.

  • Anonymous

    I wondered about the messy house, too. Whose house isn’t messy?! With six people living there, I think I would be more suspicious if everything was neat and tidy. 

  • Anonymous

    A new bride died playing hide & seek?  Shouldn’t she have been playing hide the pickle instead?

  • Anonymous

    I wondered if the kids decided that they would teach her a lesson about hiding too well by just going to bed. They probably figured she’d either fall asleep where she was, or eventually get bored and come out. 

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    They had to work up to it ya know..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I blame the Trunk in this one.

  • Wanna see my bozo baby?

    Poor kid 🙁

  • Anonymous

    I guess I’m a little over the top, but my kids don’t play outside these days after dark unless I am there with them in the backyard and I don’t go to sleep until they are sound asleep.  And I am such a light sleeper now I could here the beep if they were to try and turn the alarm system off.  I just don’t get this story.  Boy my kids are really not going to be able to sneak out when they are teenagers-poor them.  🙂

  • Anonymous

    My brother and I used to sneek out to when were were really young.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    use trip wires, and hire a clown to scare them, jusy check his pockets first

  • Anonymous

    I guess this is one of those incidents where ‘ winning isn’t everything. ‘

  • Anonymous

    Hide and Seek champ!

    I remember playing that when I was a kid. I hid in a old ass fridge in which I got stuck in cuz it locks from the outside. To this day…walk in fridges make me uneasy.

  • Anonymous

    Was she hiding in Pakistan to?!

  • Anonymous

    I’m still trying to figure out how Monday night can go in to Sunday morning. Are days going backwards now?

  • Yes, days are going backwards now.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    you got lucky..we used to ply hide and seek and throw the dog poo on a stick at who you caught..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    around here its usually 20 going into 12 or 15 goin into 45..the days are the easy parts.

  • Anonymous

    I was a big fail at hide n seek. Thank you God.

  • Anonymous

    I was a big fail at hide n seek. Thank you God.

  • Anonymous

    I was a big fail at hide n seek. Thank you God.

  • Prominent Prozac

    I’m wondering why the hell she was allowed to/ever thought it was okay hide in a dryer ever.

    There’s some insight for you into her parental supervision.

  • Anonymous

    I tell you what, this story is a reminder to those of us who have children in this age group. Watch your damn kids!!! Don’t let them out of your sight!

    Freaky shit like this does happen!

  • Anonymous

    Apparently this whole story was BS. The girl was locked into the chest by adults for… wait for it…. stealing a popsicle!  Yep. And that is AFTER forcing her to “perform exercises, such as jumping jacks, running in circles and back bends, for over an hour”. Seems she was no stranger to being treated poorly. These loving caregivers apparently made her sleep in the shower with no pillow or blanket, when she wet her bed. http://news.yahoo.com/girl-found-suffocated-locked-box-punishment-003604123.html

    Just another case of ignorant scumballs torturing kids. Nothing to see here…. move along. (Please forgive me as I wipe that dust speck from my eye).

  • Anonymous

    the news also has no idea where the mother and father are in this case.  also, the caretakers were abusing because they didn’t believe that she was “blood-related”…. sickos

  • Anonymous

    You know how some cases just slam you in the gut? This is one of them for me. This link has a picture of the poor baby (so cute) and some more information about some pretty horrific abuse. In fact, the article warns: “If you ever want to smile again, stop reading right now — it’s one of the most horrendous tales of child abuse we’ve ever seen.” http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/07/phoenix_police_abuse_of_10-yea.php  They are right.

    Apparently the arrest records are available somewhere, but I am too upset to go look for them right now.

  • it turns out she was murderd by her aunt. she was locked in on purpose.

  • her aunt locked her in on purpose.  they murderd her