10-year-old falls 27 floors to his death

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 12:00am

A 10-year-old mentally handicapped boy climbed through a window and fell 27 floors to his death after being left playing alone in the living room of his home in Kornhill yesterday.

The boy, surnamed Yim, fell out of the window at midday. Officers said the window was not fitted with a grille. 'The boy was left playing alone in the living room and his mother was in the bathroom,' a police investigator said.

A police officer said: 'A foot-height plastic stool was found near the window. We believe the boy stood on the stool and climbed up to the window where he fell out.

'His parents had done necessary home safety prevention measures and other windows were installed with grilles, but they apparently never expected he could climb so high.'

When his mother, 43, came out of the bathroom she saw he had disappeared and immediately ran downstairs to search for him. He was found lying unconscious.

He was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where he was declared dead.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Joint Council of Parents of the Mentally Handicapped, Anna Lee Mei-yin, said parents should pay more attention to home safety.

'It is impossible for parents to look after their children all the time,' she said. 'But they should take all necessary precautions, like installing grilles at all windows. If not, these window should be closed.'

In July, four-year-old Leung Chi-yue fell to his death from a fifth-floor balcony in Woodstock Village Garden, Kowloon Tong, after he had been left playing alone.