ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The death of a 3-year-old boy at an Alpharetta daycare center is being investigated as a tragic accident, reports WGCL-TV.

Officials say the boy, identified by police as Thomas Stephens, was going down a slide when a length of twine wrapped around his neck.

“Somehow, the child was on this slide, and his head got into that loop,” said Alpharetta Police Department spokesman George Gordon. “At that point, the caregiver evidently had gone inside for a short moment. [She] turned around and saw the child outside.”

Janna Thompson, the owner of Ms. Janna’s Home Child Care, administered CPR until an ambulance arrived, said Gordon. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner ruled his death was accidental asphyxiation. So far no criminal charges are pending.

“Could this later be ruled a homicide simply by negligent homicide? Yes,” Gordon told the station. “That has not occurred, but is that a possibility? Yes. We are going to look at how everything occurred and move this case forward. We are saddened that we have a 3-year-old toddler that lost his life on a playground.”

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