Investigators have not disclosed the girl’s identity or age but said that she died after being critically injured in an incident involving the power window of a parked car she was playing in.
“It’s awful. It’s heart-wrenching,” said Andy Williams of the Phoenix Police Department to Fox10 Phoenix.
A young girl died on Saturday night after a car’s power window rolled up as she was playing inside, Phoenix police said on Monday.
The police said that the incident happened during a family party on Saturday night. A police team was dispatched to respond to a car crash in the West Valley neighbourhood but upon arrival they found that the girl had been playing inside one of the parked cars at home when one of the power windows rolled up on her. She was taken to the hospital in a critical condition where she later died.
Investigators said that they do not know yet if the car was on or if the key was in the ignition to power the windows. However, Fox10 Phoenix reported that the police have ruled out foul play and said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
“Little kids can get into anything and it just takes a moment for them to get into something that they shouldn’t and it just takes that moment where tragedy can strike. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the community right now,” Mr Williams said.
U.S. Senators Call for Expulsion of up to 300 Russian Diplomats Over Visas
Leading senators have on the United States to consider expelling up to 300 Russian diplomats unless Moscow issues more visas for the U.S. embassy.
The United States protested when Moscow on August 1 barred embassies from hiring Russian or third-country staff, forcing Washington to lay off nearly 200 locals at missions across Russia.
In a letter to President Joe Biden, two Democratic and two Republican senators said that Russia has long counted local staff when calculating the number of US diplomats allowed.
As a result, some 400 Russian diplomats are now based in the United States and some 100 US diplomats are in Russia, they said.
“This disproportionality in diplomatic representation is unacceptable,” wrote the senators who included Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio, a leading Republican.
“Russia must issue enough visas to approach parity between the number of American diplomats serving in Russia and the number of Russian diplomats serving in the United States. If such action is not taken, we urge you to begin expelling Russian diplomats, to bring the US diplomatic presence to parity.”
The senators said that the dismissal of local staff has hindered the embassy’s ability to handle Americans’ consular needs as well as U.S. policy interests.
The Biden administration in April expelled 10 Russian diplomats over what Washington alleged was Russian interference in the US election and a cyberattack.
Relations between the Cold War foes remain tense but have seen greater stability since Biden met Russian President Vladimir Putin in June in Geneva, tasking senior officials with further discussions on arms control and preventing miscalculations.