A young girl tragically died outside her home in New York City after a marble handrail collapsed and crashed down directly on her while she was playing with a friend.
The 8-year-old girl and her friend were on the front porch of their apartment in the Bronx at around 8 pm trying to squeeze through the marble columns.
But while playing, one of the handrails collapsed and fell on top of the girl.
According to the New York Post, police sources said that the child’s mother was inside the apartment preparing dinner when she heard her daughter scream.
The mother and other relatives rushed outside and found her lying under a large piece of marble handrail, her head bleeding.
The girl was taken to Jacobi Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The young girl’s aunt told officers that the family just moved into the apartment around three months ago. But the owner of the flat warned them about the loose railing.
The Department of Building’s online records shows that the NYPD requested a structural stability inspection of the porch two hours after the incident.
“NYPD REQUESTS A STRUCTURAL STABILITY INSPECTION OF FRONT PORCH DUE TO COLUMN FALLING DOWN ON A PERSON,” the complaint reads. “FRONT PORCH BALUSTRADE HAS FALLEN TO FRONT YARD RESULTING W/ A FATALLY OF A CHILD.”
In 2016, there were complaints filed about illegal use of plaster at the house and illegal conversion of a basement into an apartment.
The Department of Buildings confirmed that a violation was issued to Ahmed Mehraj, the property’s owner.
Authorities said they are investigating the cause of the structural collapse.
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