Boy, 3, dies after TV falls on him

Last updated 21:15 16/07/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Paekakariki Hill Road reopens after closure to remove crashed car Stabbing in Hamilton leaves man, 54, in hospital, woman in custody Story about mystery safe in Arizona revealed as a hoax Survivor recounts on-air TV shooting from hospital bed Car thief strikes Rotorua, then Taupiri Missing man on parole found after electronic monitoring ankle bracelet cut Three Perth children 'doused in petrol, set alight' in home Open day at Dunedin's House of Pleasure Justin Bieber's comeback song leaks online Investigation exposes shocking exploitation of convenience store workers

A three-year-old Invercargill boy died on Saturday, apparently after a set of drawers and television fell on him, police say.

Detective Sergeant Grant Johnstone said the drawers and television appeared to have fallen on the boy after he climbed on to a coffee table that had been supporting them.

The boy was taken to Southland Hospital and died some time later, he said.

A similar incident happened in Invercargill in April when a 16-month-old toddler was admitted to Southland Hospital after climbing a chest of drawers with a television on top.

The television fell off the drawers and fell on the boy, who was then transported to Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland for treatment.

Mr Johnstone said parents should make sure heavy items around the home were secured safely.

‘‘While we await the coroner’s findings as to the exact circumstances surrounding this latest tragedy, it is timely to remind parents of young children, who are at the climbing stage, to ensure heavy items around the home are secured safely.’’

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content