NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An accident with a rope has placed an 8-year-old Nacogdoches girl in serious condition. The case is still under investigation.
East Texas News spoke with the neighbor who made the 911 call. She described a desperate attempt by the girl's younger brother to get any adult to help his sister.
A Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex on Mitchell Street turned into a panicky moment for Nina Pickens.
The 911 caller's second floor neighbor's children, a 7 year old boy and an 8 year old girl were playing right outside her apartment when she heard an aggressive knock at the door.
"He said, 'My little sister won't get off the rope.' So I said, 'Huh?' and he repeated it again, 'My sister won't get down,' and I said, 'What you talking about baby?' and he pointed and when he pointed she was laying right here, she was just hanging here, just like this, and she was unresponsive. Her face was bloodshot blue."
The investigation indicates the child was playing with a rope and tied it to the stairwell. She became entangled in the rope and it went around her neck.
Pickens believes the child could have hung there for a while because of a softer knock she received earlier, but regretfully ignored.
"The first time I didn't go to the door when I heard the knock, you know, because I thought the kids were just out here playing," Pickens said.
But Pickens knows now the girl's brother, just 10 months younger than his sister, was desperately trying to get an adult's help.
"He was very scared, like he was, very, very scared," Pickens said.
Pickens said all the while, the children's mother was in an upstairs apartment, but she didn't come out until after hearing screams and commotion.
Pickens said the mother lowered the child to the ground and began CPR.
"But she was still unresponsive," Pickens said.
Pickens said she had never seen such a horrible scene.
Pickens said she was told by her neighbor's friend that the child was air lifted to a Houston hospital.
Police confirmed there were plans to transfer the child in serious condition to another hospital, but uncertain to where.