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Tualatin area toddler dies after choking at local preschool


A three-year-old girl who choked on a meatball at a Tualatin day care center was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

On Monday, emergency responders from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Station 34 received a call at 12:01 p.m. that a toddler was choking at Growing with Pride Preschool, 20230 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, in Tualatin, according to TVF&R public information officer Cassandra Ulven.

According to dispatch records, daycare providers at the preschool made attempts to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the toddler while they were requesting emergency response.

A chaplain accompanied the TVF&R team and remained at the preschool to provide support after the emergency responders had left.

First responders were at the scene for just under two hours. The child was taken by ambulance to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, then transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

She died two days later, on Wednesday.

Tualatin Police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey confirmed that there would be no criminal investigation, as there was no sign of foul play or negligence.