Engineers check house after balcony collapse kills baby

Last updated 17:45 17/03/2014

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Structural engineers are checking a NSW home after a balcony gave way and a baby boy tumbled to his death.

A 43-year-old woman and her three-month-old son fell from the second-storey balcony at Niagara Park, on the Central Coast, on  Sunday afternoon.

Police said a steel panel barrier on the balcony gave way as the mother, holding her baby, stepped back on to it. It was understood the mother fell more than a metre on to the garage roof below, while the baby continued to fall about 4.5m on to the driveway.

The baby boy was airlifted to Westmead Children's Hospital with critical head injuries and later died. The mother was taken to Gosford Hospital with back and torso  injuries. She is in a stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gosford City Council engineers were sent to the Narani Avenue home on Monday.Gosford Police Superintendent Daniel Sullivan said the fall was  being treated as a tragic accident. 

''We don't rule anything in or out and we make sure every single aspect is looked at,'' he told reporters. 

''But in this particular incident at the moment our priority is on that structural integrity.''

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