Toddler dies after falling from 14th floor in Sharjah

Tragedy struck an Iranian family when their two-year-old toddler fell to her death from the window of their 14th floor apartment in Sharjah on Wednesday.

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Fri 23 Aug 2013, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

Police, who rushed to the spot after they were alerted by neighbours, found the toddler’s body in a pool of blood.

“A police ambulance and Anjad Patrol rushed to the building in the Mamzar Lakes area and preliminary investigations reveal the girl fell from the window of the flat rented by her parents,” a police official explained.

The police official said the girl was left unattended near the window by a family member and a table was found near the window. It was not clear as to how the child managed to climb onto the table, but police said she could have been helped on to it by one of the adults in the house, who took their eyes of the looming danger.

Investigations are continuing into the incident and officials said the parents would be held responsible for the death of the child. “The window was left open with furniture near the opening,” police said. The child may have lunged from the table and fallen out of the window, according to the Sharjah Police.

In June, a three-year-old Emirati girl died in Dibba, after accidentally hanging herself while playing with curtain ropes after her mother left the room for a few minutes. And a two-and-half-year-old died after he was run over by his father’s vehicle in Al Rifam earlier that month.

In January, two children fell from their apartments in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The Federal Government is serious about tackling the issue and a Child Protection Centre has been set up by the Ministry of Interior’s Higher Committee for Child Protection. Programmes offered by the centre help parents and childcare providers acquire skills to enhance chances of survival of children from injuries caused by traffic accidents, fires, falls from balconies drowning and poisoning.

An Abu Dhabi report showed 24 per cent of child deaths happened inside homes, and 53.3 per cent of deceased children were Emiratis. The report also said road accidents were the major cause of child deaths in the UAE, followed by drowning and falls. -afkarali@khaleejtimes.com



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