Bellingham boy dies in apparent accidental hanging


by Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 12 at 6:23 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A 10-year-old Bellingham boy has died from injuries he suffered during an apparent accidental hanging at his home while practicing with a circus prop.
Caleb Kors was an aspiring street and circus performer often seen at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Under his stage name "Flip," the fifth grader performed acrobatics and juggling tricks with the Bellingham Circus Guild.
Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said the boy might have been rehearsing on or tinkering with a circus prop inside the home when the accident happened Monday. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and put on life support for 24 hours, but he died Tuesday evening.

Danielle Rosellisen shares the grief felt by an entire community, hit with the news that her close family friend was killed in a tragic accident.

"He is the kind of kid that just would light up your life," said Rosellisen. "There is nothing anybody could have done."

Rosellisen said the fifth grader had a natural talent for acrobatics.

"He was good at being a monkey. Ever since he was little, he was crawling around and getting onto stuff," said Rosellisen. "A lot of people (at the Bellingham Farmers Market) recognize him week after week after week...You don't miss a kid like that."

Online, Caleb's mother and father thank the community for their support. As it turns outk, the 10-year-old will continue to make people smile even after death - he is an organ donor.

"Those families are smiling and laughing and super excited right now and that is the legacy that will live on," said Rosellisen.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Meanwhile, grief counselors will attend Geneva Elementary School, where Caleb attended.

Those who wish to make donations to the family can visit, said Bellingham School District spokeswoman Tanya Rowe.