A seven-year-old girl swinging in a hammock has been killed after the tree supporting her weight came crashing down on her.

Sabina Surjit Henderson was enjoying a family gathering at a property in Loudoun County, Virginia when the tree attached to the hammock collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

Sabina, who was playing in the hammock with her eight-year-old cousin at the time, was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she later died of her injuries.

The second child was treated for minor injuries.

Sabina’s heartbroken father, Ben Henderson, described his daughter as a smart and witty girl who loved to make other people laugh.

“She was a powerful personality that lit up the room and was a memorable force for all those that met her,” he said in a statement.

“She was amazingly kind and thoughtful to her friends and family. Sabina was genuinely and completely loved by all that knew her.”

Kraig Troxell of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they were investigating what led to the tragic accident.

“There have been some questions about whether rain played a factor. I think there’s probably a couple of factors, but the ground is very soft right now,” he told People.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family at this tragic time x

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  • What a terrible and tragic accident. So sorry for the parents and all else involved.


  • Oh gosh, sometimes the articles on MoMs freak he right out. There are just so many innocent, every day ways for kids to die or seriously hurt themselves


  • How tragic.. my thoughts go out to this little girls family.


  • So sad and heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to the 8yr old cousin who was with her.


  • Very sad accident


  • If the tree had a shallow root system and was water logged it may not have been able to cope with having rope and weight pulling against it. It could also depend how boisterous the children were playing in the hammock.
    Regardless it is a tragic accident


  • Terrible. :-(


  • Very sad – some bad luck too, I suspect.


  • How heartbreaking for the family. Not something you would think to happen


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