A 12-year-old, Santa Monica boy died this week as a result of playing “the choking game,” according to preliminary police reports.
On April 20, at 5:08 p.m., the Santa Monica Police Department responded to the 800 block of 18th Street regarding a medical emergency.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a 12-year-old white male who was in full cardiac arrest. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital. Two days later, at 12 a.m., the boy was taken off life support and pronounced deceased a short time later.
The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating this incident as an accidental death.
The object of the “Choking Game” is asphyxiation. Asphyxiation results by applying pressure which restricts oxygen and/or blood flow to the brain of the victim therefore creating a desired euphoric sensation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Maury Sumlin (310) 458-8437, or Sergeant Ira Rutan (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) 310.458.8495.
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