Child, 5, Killed at School When Cabinet Topples

Thursday, Oct 8, 2009  |  Updated 9:54 AM CDT
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Child, 5, Killed at School When Cabinet Topples

Marcie Voight

The name of the girl has not yet been released.

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An open school gym cabinet with children playing inside toppled on a 5-year-old girl at a Waco middle school, killing the girl.

The incident happened around midday Wednesday at G.L. Wiley Middle School. Waco school district official Dale Caffey says two or three children, including 5-year-old Princanna Strain, climbed into the cabinet to pursue a lizard when the cabinet toppled on Princanna.

No other students were injured. The girl was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m.

The child was a J.H. Hines Elementary School student, but Hines students and staff are relocated to Wiley while a new Hines complex is under construction.

Counselors are at Wiley to console the Hines students, staff and faculty.

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