A five-year-old tragically passed away after falling from a hotel window just days after his family escaped Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
The incident takes place in Sheffield, England, where 5-year-old Mohammed Monib Majeedi was staying at the OYO Metropolitan Hotel together with his family including his mom, Shekiba, dad, Omar Majeedi, and his four siblings.
According to the reports, the family had just arrived in the UK weeks ago after managing to escape war-struck Afghanistan where the Taliban have now retaken control of the capital.
During the family’s stay in the hotel’s 9th-floor bedroom, little Mohammed was looking through the window only to fall and plunge several dozen feet to his death.
While the hotel windows are not supposed to open by more than 2 inches, the window in the family’s room appeared to have malfunctioned, allowing enough space for the young boy to slip through.
As the 5-year-old fell to his death, the boy’s distressed mother was allegedly heard screaming “save my son.”
According to the witnesses, the family was staying at the hotel following mandatory Covid-19 quarantine when the accident happened.
“I was in my room. I heard a sound, like I heard the body fall. His mother was in the room with him. She was screaming, ‘My son, my son.’ When I came here [outside] I saw the ambulance and police here,” an interpreter who’s staying at the hotel confirmed.
Speaking of the family’s situation, he added: “If the dad is working for the Americans or the English then their lives are in danger in Afghanistan. They came here to save their lives, they came for a new life here, but unfortunately…”
The interpret went on to confirm that all of the windows in his hotel room can only open by two inches.
Following the accident, the boy’s death has also been confirmed by South Yorkshire Police.
“His family have now formally identified him and they are being supported by our family liaison officers. We would ask that their privacy is respected at this time. Officers are appealing for anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward,” they announced.
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