18-month-old boy plunges to death from Sharjah tower

18-month-old toddler tumbles out of window after climbing nearby table

07 Gulf News

Sharjah: An 18-month-old Indian boy fell to his death after tumbling out of the window of his parent’s apartment in Sharjah on Friday, police said.

Major Mansour Al Shamsi, director of the investigations department at Al Hira police station, said the toddler, identified only as A.A., fell from a fifth-floor apartment window in Al Majarah area.

He was reportedly the first and only child of the family. The toddler suffered multiple fractures and internal bleeding, Major Al Shamsi added.

Officials were told the incident took place when the boy’s mother went into the kitchen to prepare lunch for the family while his father was in the washroom.

Major Al Shamsi said the parents told police that the toddler managed to access the window after climbing a nearby table. He then opened the window and plunged to his death, Major Al Shamsi added.

Upon receiving a call to the police operations room reporting the incident, officials from the police, forensics and investigations were dispatched to the scene, which was “thoroughly inspected.”

Initial investigations indicated that the child fell from an unlocked window. The boy’s father is said to have rushed him to Al Zahra Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The body has been transferred to the hospital morgue while the family tries to repatriate the body after completing legal formalities.

Meanwhile, Colonel Sultan Abdullah Al Khayal, director of the media and public relations department at Sharjah Police, expressed his regret over the incident.

Colonel Al Khayal stressed the responsibility of parents in applying safety measures at home and warned against leaving children unsupervised.

He also suggested that windows not in use be locked securely and preventive barriers be installed. Many windows have slide locks that can be easily opened by children, he pointed out.



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I have one daughter and I am living in sharjah, in my opinion what I suggest is that if you have a kid less than 2 year please try to stay on low floors (1st floor is better, as I am living 1st floor), we know thatmunicipality will fine if we make any barriers on windows, we are the one look after our kids, so safety should come from our side first,


28 January 2013 13:36jump to comments