STREAM, New York (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy choked to death while eating popcorn
at a movie theater.
Riley, of New York City, was at the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Long Island's
Valley Stream watching "Alien vs. Predator" with his parents and older
brother when he began to choke shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, Nassau County
all had been eating from a small tub of popcorn when Elaine McIntosh, the boy's
mother, saw that her youngest son was choking.
rushed him out of the theater where they performed the Heimlich maneuver without
trying everything," his father, Eddie Riley, told the Daily News in
Tuesday's editions. "I was trying to put my finger down his throat. I
didn't feel anything."
arrived shortly afterward and tried to clear the boy's mouth and perform CPR,
but he was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.
was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center morgue pending a medical
Choking can be prevented.
Before your child begins to crawl, get down on his level and look for dangerous
items. If you have older children, pay extra attention to their toys and be sure
your younger child can't get into them. In addition to thoroughly childproofing
your home, keep this list of choking prevention tips in mind: