Death of Pompano Beach Child Investigated

A mother wrapping herself in a child’s blanket walking outside her Pompano Beach house.

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- New details now into the tragic death of a two-year-old girl in Pompano Beach. Emergency crews were called to her family's home this morning.

- Now we're learning more about the circumstances surrounding that little girl's death. CBS4's Ted Scouten reports from outside BSO Headquarters.

TED SCOUTEN: A mother wrapping herself in a child's blanket. Neighbors tell us this is a mom and her two-year-old daughter. That little girl tragically died in their home in the 5200 block of Northeast 14th Terrace in Pompano Beach.

ROBERT ARATARI: I heard just-- I'm going to explain it just the way I felt. It was god awful, guttural screaming. And not kids playing, not people fighting. Just something terrible just happened.

TED SCOUTEN: Neighbors were stunned and saddened for the family who lives here. Investigators say that toddler died after something happened with a piece of furniture about 8:40 in the morning.

CAREY CODD: But I can tell you, preliminarily at this point, is that an incident involving a piece of furniture led to a medical emergency for a child. The child was pronounced deceased.

TED SCOUTEN: Investigators are not giving details about what kind of furniture it was, and whether it fell or tipped over. Just referring to it as an incident.

CHERYL JONES: If it was a piece of furniture and it was an accident, then it's even more tragic. And so make sure that your furniture is secure. Make sure that you keep an eye on them, especially if they're young enough that they can climb on stuff.

TED SCOUTEN: According to the mother's Facebook page, the little girl just turned two a few days ago. Neighbors tell us the family has lived here for a long time. Robert lives across the street. He's seen the little girl playing outside often.

ROBERT ARATARI: I've seen the mother Rachel have a birthday party in the front yard with a pool, and kids, and a kiddie pool, and cake, and ice cream. Just a good, solid, healthy, happy looking family.

TED SCOUTEN: Investigators spent the day talking to people who were at home at the time, trying to put all the pieces together.

CAREY CODD: This is a devastating loss for this family. Any loss of life is tragic whenever someone dies, people who love that person or are close to that person, they suffer and they grieve. It's all the more heartbreaking and sad because it's a young child.

TED SCOUTEN: Investigators tell us that this is an open and ongoing investigation. Right now, they're awaiting the autopsy results to find out the exact cause of death. At BSO Headquarters, Ted Scouten, CBS4 News.