WATERLOO --- The Courier has received official notice of the death of a Cedar Falls toddler.
A funeral home declined to confirm that Benjamin David Ricketts had died Tuesday night when calls were made early Wednesday.
However, an official death notice was sent to the newspaper Wednesday afternoon.
Benjamin Ricketts, the 23-month-old son of David and Stephanie (Huff) Ricketts, died Tuesday, May 25, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, and one hour before service at the church. A memorial fund will be established.
CEDAR FALLS --- A Cedar Falls toddler has died Tuesday night after injuries from May 15 accident, according to hundreds of Facebook posts.
Commenters on the site say Ben Ricketts, 22 months, died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and are asking for prayers for the family.
The toddler was hospitalized after accidentally strangling on a curtain cord.
Ben was being treated at University Hospitals in Iowa City.
Thousands signed on to a Facebook page to offer sympathy to Ben's parents, Dave and Stephanie Ricketts.
Kari Rindels, admninistrator of the Pray for Ben Ricketts Facebook site, said donations are being taken for the family.
"A paypal account has been set up so that people can donate online. All the online donations will go directly into the online donation," Rindels said.
Rindels also said a fund has been set up at Veridian Credit Union at the Cedar Heights Branch.