COVINGTON, Ga. -- Students and teachers at a Newton County school are grieving after the sudden death of a child on Monday.
Officials with the school released a statement Wednesday afternoon shedding light on the tragic incident that apparently occurred on the playground of Newton County Theme School.
"We are struggling to comprehend the heartbreaking accident that occurred Monday afternoon and are grieving the loss of such a beautiful little girl," the statement read.
Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died after she was climbing on a piece of playground equipment and "experienced an emergency," according to Covington police.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office discovered that the child died of accidental asphyxia after getting caught on the playground equipment.