A 4-year-old boy has died after police in Minnesota say he accidentally hanged himself inside a thrift store dressing room.
Ryu Pena was with his family at Again Thrift & More in Mankato on Saturday evening when, according to investigators, the child slipped into a changing room and got his hooded sweatshirt caught on a hanger that was mounted on a wall.
Paramedics who were called to the scene on North Victory Drive at around 5.40pm rushed the toddler to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Angel: Ryu Pena, 4, is pictured with a pair of angelic wings photo-shopped behind his back after he accidentally hanged himself on a hooded sweatshirt in Minnesota
Tragic struck while Pena was with his family at Again Thrift & More in Mankato (pictured)
Officials say the toddler, pictured left and right with his mother, somehow slipped inside a dressing room, where his sweatshirt got caught on a wall-mounted hanger, causing him to suffocate to death.
Law enforcement officials say Ryu apparently suffocated after his sweatshirt got snagged on the hook, reported KARE11.
As of Monday afternoon, no charges have been filed in connection to Pena's death.
Mankato Police Commander Daniel Schisel has characterized the fatality as a 'tragic accident,' in which no foul play was suspected, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
According to the description of a GoFundMe campaign that was started by a relative on Sunday, Ryu was best friends with his older sister, Glory, and he had only recently became a big brother to baby Rolando Jr, who is now four months old.
The children’s mother, Denise Gonzalez, is originally from Texas but currently lives in St James with her family. According to her Facebook page, the mom-of-three works in sales at a local car dealership.
No foul play: Investigators have characterized the fatality as a 'tragic accident' and no charges have been filed in Ryu Pena's death
Gonzalez's sister-in-law, Jessica Cuevas, wrote of the deceased child on her GoFundMe page: ‘Ryu was such a sweet boy, with a gorgeous smile, an [sic] a unique little personality.'
Photos of Ryu posted on social media show a bright-eyed, happy little boy with a wide, toothy grin on his face.
As of Monday, the fundraiser has drawn nearly $3,500 in donations to help pay for Ryu's funeral expenses.
The thrift shop where the tragedy occurred is operated by the Minnesota Valley Motion Council - a non-profit organization that helps low-income families.
A MVMC representative on Monday declined to comment on the child's death 'out of respect for the family,' according to a brief email sent to the Daily Mail.
Middle child: Ryu had only recently became a big brother to baby Rolando Jr, who is now four months old (pictured together)