Around 6 p.m., the youngster was found hanging from a tree in his backyard in the 1000 Block of Angela Court in East Lancaster, according to authorities.
The boy was transported by ambulance with a deputy escort to Antelope Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The youngster had been playing in the tree when the apparent freak accident occurred, officials said.
We will have more information on this incident as it becomes available.
UPDATED 6/16/12 @ 8:35 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau has just issued a news release with more information about this tragic accident. According to the news release:
Detectives learned that the boy was last seen playing basketball by himself in the backyard of his home in the 1000 block of Angela Court.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., a family member went to the backyard and found the boy hanging from the lower branch of a tree by a martial arts belt that was wrapped around the branch.
Family members summoned emergency assistance and the boy was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives are investigating the boy’s death as accidental. The Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.