Annette Estrada, who would have turned 3 in December, apparently pulled the 40- to 50-pound TV down while climbing on its stand at the residence in the 300 block of 32nd Street shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
A relative made an emergency call, and medics took the child to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Investigators do not plan to seek criminal charges over the “complete accident,” according to SDPD child-abuse Lt. Chuck Kaye.
“It’s a tragedy to the family, and the police department offers its condolences to them,” he said, adding that the case was “an unfortunate reminder that parents with young children should childproof their homes as best they can.”
Authorities advise people to secure televisions to walls to prevent such accidents.