ALAPAHA -- A 10-year-old boy died in an apparent accident north of Alapaha around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday after falling from a treehouse.

Law enforcement officers from Berrien County believe that the boy, Christopher Strickland, was playing in the treehouse and fell. When he was found, he was wrapped up in a rope attached to the tree and could have either been choked or had his neck broken.

The treehouse was about 12 feet from the ground.

"He was apparently up in the treehouse playing and fell and got tangled in a rope or something," said Sheriff Jerry Brogdon of Berrien County. "That's all we know right now."

"It was just some type of rope there that he was tangled up in and it was around his neck," he said.

An autopsy was being performed Thursday to determine the cause of death. The sheriff and his deputies are currently treating the death as an accident and have no reason to suspect foul play. The boy was believed to be alone when he fell.

He had been staying at a friend's house at the time of the incident while his mother was at work, and it is not believed that anyone was outside with him.

"What it appears is just a kid out there playing and some kind of terrible accident happened," said Brogdon.

Strickland was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton and was pronounced dead there.

"It's terrible," said Brogdon. "Within a week's time we've had two terrible tragedies here."

Last Friday, Oct. 15, a 12-year-old boy was killed in Berrien County in a two-car accident on Turner Church Road. The boy, Devante Cashon Powell, was a passenger with his brother when the accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. According to Brogdon, the brother pulled out in front of another car resulting in the crash.

"It's just something you go home and think about every night," said Brogdon, who expressed his concern for the grief of the family and friends of both children.

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