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Boy, 5, reportedly dies after being accidentally choked by family dog

21 March 2017

He had been heavily sedated since the accident, authorities said.

The 5-year-old Bucks County boy who last week was found unresponsive in the snow has died, loved ones confirmed on a crowdfunding page. John Bruno died Saturday as the result of an accidental strangulation, according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.

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When CPR failed to revive Bruno, he was taken unconscious to Doylestown Hospital and later transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was placed under "heavy sedation", according to The Intelligencer. Police say the child's mother looked out and saw him lying face-down in the snow with the dog tugging at the scarf around the boy's neck.

Police initially thought the child had collapsed from cardiac arrest while playing with the 18-month-old hound. She untied the scarf, which police say was tight around her son's neck, carried him into the house, and immediately called 911. By 1:45 p.m. on Monday, $16,010 was raised, surpassing its $5,000 goal.

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A friend set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise money for the family's funeral costs.

Meanwhile, the community mourns the "vibrant" boy whose "boundless energy was electric". "Above all else John loved his mom, dad, and big sister", the GoFundMe page says.

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Boy, 5, reportedly dies after being accidentally choked by family dog