Despite CPR, toddler dies in Portland apartment

Police responded on reports of child not breathing

A toddler died in this apartment in the 16900 block of SE Powell, August 8, 2017 (KOIN)
A toddler died in this apartment in the 16900 block of SE Powell, August 8, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The death of a 2-year-old Monday afternoon in Southeast Portland was sudden and unexpected and an autopsy will determine how the child died.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, Portland police were called to an apartment in the 16900 block of SE Powell by a neighbor who also tried CPR.

Chris Brasch told KOIN 6 News he was at home when he heard someone pounding on his door. His neighbor from down the hall was holding his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Brasch said the boy was lifeless and pale.

“When we were giving him CPR, it was a gargling sound, it sounded like water or juice and that’s exactly what he was doing before he went to sleep,” Brasch told KOIN 6 News. “They were literally just asleep for 15 minutes, he said he was drinking his juice and they went to sleep and the next thing, he just wasn’t waking up.”

The exact cause of death is not known at this time. Portland police is investigating the child’s death but that doesn’t mean foul play was an issue.

KOIN 6 News will update this story when more information is available.