Child Found Hanged In Gilmer

A horrible discovery for an East Texas mother, she returns home to find her 9 year old daughter dead from an apparent accidental hanging. 9 year old Vanessa Cheashier was found last week hanging from a dog leash which was caught on the top post of a bunk-bed. Sheriffs deputies believe the child may have been playing on the top bunk, got the leash tangled around her neck, and fell off.

The child was home alone at the time. The case remains under investigation, awaiting results of an autopsy.