Four-year-old killed after neighbor's tree falls on him while playing in backyard

NORTH HALEDON, N.J. (WPIX) — A four-year-old boy was playing in his backyard in New Jersey when a tree from another yard fell and killed him, neighbors said.

Police and EMS received a 911 call reporting that a child was trapped under a tree at 12:48 p.m. on Saturday.

By the time the first responders arrived on the scene, the child had died, according to reports.

A giant oak tree in the yard of a home on Clara Street in North Haledon could be seen across the yard of a home on Lotz Street.

Neighbors said the tree came crashing down without warning. What caused the tree to topple is unclear since it was a clear, mild day.

Barbara Bleeker who lives nearby was at a loss for words.

"It is very incidental that somebody was having their child outside in the backyard and something would happen like," Bleeker said.

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Child killed after tree falls on him in backyard
A four-year-old boy was playing in his backyard in New Jersey when a tree from another yard fell and killed him, neighbors said.
A four-year-old boy was playing in his backyard in New Jersey when a tree from another yard fell and killed him, neighbors said.
A four-year-old boy was playing in his backyard in New Jersey when a tree from another yard fell and killed him, neighbors said.
A four-year-old boy was playing in his backyard in New Jersey when a tree from another yard fell and killed him, neighbors said.
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