Girl dies in balcony fall after mother left her on New Year’s Eve

Jan

7

2015

A GIRL fell to her death from a balcony after her mother left her alone on New Year’s Eve to go to a party with a boyfriend.

The five-year-old suffered fatal injuries after dropping from the third floor apartment in Dubai some time after midnight, police said.

She was found on the pavement below in a pool of blood by a passer-by in International City.

Last night Dubai Police confirmed they have charged the African expat with negligence over the death.

The woman had left her daughter thinking she would sleep through the night, police said, but she awoke and started looking around the flat for her mum.

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“We think that she woke up after midnight and searched for her mother. Then it seems she jumped on a chair on the balcony to look outside and lost her balance and fell. It’s a tragedy,” a CID official told 7DAYS.

The official said police received a call after midnight from a man who found the girl’s body on the pavement.

“Our patrols rushed to scene with ambulance but the little girl was dead already, having landed on the pavement on her head,” the official said.

Police had to break open the door to the apartment but found it was empty.

“We called the mother on her mobile phone several times but she didn’t answer.

“It was only after a couple of hours she did so and we asked her to come to Rashidiya police station. It was then we told her that her daughter had fallen to her death,” the official said.

Police said the mother has been distraught since being told of the death.

They questioned the woman and have now charged her with negligence.

“The mother clearly shouldn’t have left her daughter alone in the flat.

“She didn’t care about her daughter and we will refer her to public prosecution to finish the investigation.

“The mother should have celebrated the New Year with her own daughter rather than gone out,” the official added.

ali.shouk@7days.ae

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