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Girl, 2, falls to death from 14th floor in Sharjah

Toddler was killed instantly after fall from a residential building in Mamzar area

  • By Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 August 22, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: A two-year-old Iranian girl fell to her death from the 14th floor of an apartment in Shajrah’s Mamzar area.

The little girl, D.M., was playing by the window, and was standing on a piece of furniture when she leaned out and lost her balance and fell out of the apartment window at one of the residential towers in the Mamzar Lake area. She was killed instantly.

The police operations room was alerted at 1.47pm by a group of people in the area claiming that a child had fallen from a window of one of the apartments at the lake towers.

Ambulances and rescue teams along with a team from the Central Investigation Department were at the scene soon after where it was confirmed that the toddler was killed immediately.

Police investigation showed that the toddler’s death was a result of the parent’s negligence as she was not being watched at the time of her fall.

They also said that despite police efforts to spread awareness about the safety measures that should be taken by parents to ensure their children’s safety, cases of negligence in Sharjah are common. Several campaigns have been carried out through the media and on social networking sites warning parents of the dangers of neglecting their children while at home.

A similar case which took place in January also involved an 18-month-old Indian boy who fell to his death after tumbling out of the window of his parent’s apartment in Sharjah. The toddler who was not being watched when he fell out of the window, suffered multiple fractures and internal bleeding.

Sharjah Police are strongly urging parents living in lower and higher floors to safe-lock their windows and balcony doors in order to avoid such cases. Children should be under constant watch and furniture should be placed away from windows so that toddlers cannot climb their way up to an open window.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 18:31 August 22, 2013

    We come from Allah and to Allah we will return. I don't get it, why is common sense common no more? Why do kids have to pay for their parents' carelessness? Kids are amanah, they are a special present from Allah which not everyone has. Please lookout for your kids.

    Sidra Sh., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:10 August 22, 2013

    Where was the mother, the housemaid or anyone????? How can people in a home be so careless as leaving a 2 year old all alone by herself. Very sad indeed.

    ameera saleh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:36 August 22, 2013

    very sad!! Its time to impliment a rule for each and every apartment to have grills placed on windows & specially balconies.I guess there is no other way to avoid this kind of incidents related to todlers.A one time investment of 1500-2000 dhs by the landlord or the tenant might have saved the child..may god bless her..

    Charles Neela, Muscat,Oman, Oman

  4. Added 17:34 August 22, 2013

    I would suggest, all buildings to come in with the plan of ensuring the windows have railings or bars. This would very much help all families not only with kids, but also adults incase of accidents.

    C, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:24 August 22, 2013

    You her soul rest in peace...parents should be more careful and never leave children unattended...seems this parents have not learned lesson from many of falls we heard before in this website..sorry for being rude!

    Bino, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  6. Added 17:16 August 22, 2013

    iT is very sad that still children are falling from balconies , specially in Sharjah. If a toddler can go through the balcony, that means it is very low in height. I recommend 1.5 meter miinimum hight of the balcony wall. On the top there should be some railing to hold on to. Authorities should take some serious steps to prevent more incidents.

    Shad Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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