Girl, seven, died after being strangled by her hoodie when it caught on door at Cardiff home

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A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl died after being strangled by her hoodie when it got caught on a door handle.

Kimora Zondo was found by her nine-year-old brother, who told their mother the little girl was “pretending to be sleepy”.

The seven-year-old girl was strangled to death at her home in Roath, Cardiff
The seven-year-old girl was strangled to death at her home in Roath, Cardiff
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The little girl had got changed into the pink H&M jumper when she got home from Albany Primary School on March 7 this year, an inquest hearing at Pontypridd Coroners’ Court was told.

Mum Vonnie Dube told the hearing she had been asleep while her children did their homework at their Cardiff home in Roath- waking up to find her daughter dead, Wales Online reported.

She said: “We were telling her to wake up otherwise I would take her watch from her but there was no movement so I asked [her brother] to bring her closer and he pulled her by her hands.”

The devastated mum said she tried to tickle her daughter’s armpits and feet to try to wake up but she didn’t respond.

The little girl had got changed into the pink H&M jumper when she got home from Albany Primary School
The little girl had got changed into the pink H&M jumper when she got home from Albany Primary School
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The family called ambulance crews, trying to perform CPR, but the little girl couldn’t be saved.

Mrs Dube was asked if she wanted to see her daughter but she told hospital staff: “No, I want her to wake up.”

Police had been called in to investigate the tragedy, with pathologists carrying out a number of recreations of how the little girl could have died.

A post mortem concluded the young girl’s cause of death was pressure to the neck caused by ligature.


Assistant coroner Nadim Bashir expressed his condolences to Kimora’s family.

He added: “There is simply no evidence of how she came to be caught by the hoodie on the door handle.”

Mr Bashir recorded a conclusion of accidental death.


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