PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A 2-year-old boy died after choking on food at Phoenix preschool two weeks ago, according to police.
Phoenix police confirmed on Tuesday that paramedics responded to Tutor Time near Ninth Street and Bell Road on Oct. 23 to find the boy unresponsive. A piece of food was stuck in his airway.
The child was taken to a hospital, where he died the next day.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
"Our staff are trained to manage urgent situations, and followed our emergency procedures," said Lydia Cisaruk with Tutor Time in a statement. "No words can express our sorrow. Our thoughts are with the family and we grieve with them."
Cisaruk said Tutor Time is working with state and local agencies as they review what happened.
Police said an investigation is underway.
The full statement from Cisaruk is below.
We are heartbroken that a child from our school has passed away.
On Oct. 23, there was a medical situation involving a child at our school which resulted in us contacting EMS. Our staff are trained to manage urgent situations, and followed our emergency procedures. After medical assistance was provided on site, first responders took the child to a local hospital for further care. We were later informed that the child passed away.
No words can express our sorrow. Our thoughts are with the family and we grieve with them. We're working in close partnership with the relevant state and local agencies as they conduct their review.