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Youngster Survives After Hanging From Clothes Line

Youngster Survives After Hanging From Clothes Line

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Samantha Hayes reportingA close call for a four-year-old in West Valley over the weekend. The little girl was playing a game outside with her friends when she ended up hanging from a clothes line.

The youngsters were playing a favorite game where they pretend to be puppy dogs. They saw the dangling clothes line as a leash.

One minute she's reciting the alphabet, the next telling you her life's ambition.

Four-year-old Jayleen Cowles is always up to something. And on Saturday, it got her and her friends in a life-threatening situation.

Raquel Cowles, Jayleen's Mother: "I had just hung up the phone and a friend came in and said, 'Call 911. Your daughter has passed out. The kids are saying she's dead.'"

Jayleen was hanging, unconscious, from a clothes line the kids were using in a game. The marks are still visible on her neck.

Raquel: "The kids were holding her up. The kids were holding her up."

She was flown to the hospital.

Raquel: "They prepare you for the worst, telling you there's possibly a chance she could have brain damage, or neck injuries."

Jayleen checked out just fine, but her mother is still trying to make sense of what happened. She says it's not enough to supervise your children.

Raquel: "There were like seven or eight adults around right there in the vicinity, and ten or more children."

It was the clothes line in the yard that nobody recognized as a danger.

Raquel: "Look around wherever your kids might be playing. Whether they played there just a week ago and you've looked and everything was fine, a week later things may have changed and that environment may be dangerous to your children."

These types of accidents occur more frequently when the weather warms up, as it did last week. You can find a lot of safety information for parents on the Utah Safe Kids Coalition web site. Find a link in the box above.

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