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12-year-old boy accidentally hangs himself on backyard swing

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A Missouri boy has died after he accidentally hanged himself Friday on a backyard swing in Maryland Heights.

The 12-year-old boy has been identified as Ethan Ivinson, a seventh grader at Pattonville Heights Middle School

FOX 2 Now reports that Ethan was outside with his father doing extra chores so that he could go to a school dance that night.

His father went inside to take a phone call, and Ethan started to spin on their homemade, backyard swing. The swing was suspended by ropes and hung from a high tree branch.

Police say Ethan got caught in the ropes and accidentally hanged himself.

When police and firefighters arrived, Ethan`s father was  trying to give his son CPR.

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