Milford boy, 2, dies after swallowing screw

No foul play suspected, police say

A 2-year-old Milford boy died early Wednesday morning after swallowing a screw that had come loose from a piece of furniture, obstructing his airway and causing him to choke, Milford police said.

“The death is a tragic accident,” Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin said in a statement.

The Worcester district attorney’s office reported the case is being investigated as a nonsuspicious death.


After the toddler’s father called police at about 12:30 a.m., the 2-year-old was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

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State Police and Milford detectives determined the screw had become detached from a piece of furniture in the Water Street home, police said.

“Given that this is a medical call that resulted in a death, we will not be releasing the name of the child or family,” the police statement said.

Globe correspondent Jennifer Smith contributed to this report. Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@