6-year-old boy dies in Tampines tragedy
A six-year-old boy who was left home alone for the first time fell to his death on Monday morning from his flat at Tampines Street 42.
A 6-year-old boy who was left home alone for the first time fell to his death on Monday morning from his flat at Tampines Street 42.
It's believed Marson Heng, a kindergarten 2 pupil, climbed out of the kitchen window of the fifth-storey flat with the help of a laundry basket, reported The Straits Times.
The window grilles were shut but unlocked, as the family had put the laundry out to dry.
His mother discovered his body at the foot of the block a few minutes later when she was on her way home after running some errands.
The police received a call at 8:55am about the fall at Block 446, Tampines Street 42. The boy suffered serious head and leg injuries and was pronounced dead 15 minutes later.
Mrs Heng, 28, a housewife said she had left the flat at 7am to take her 8-year-old daughter for swimming lessons nearby, before going to the market to buy groceries. Marson's grandfather, who lived with the family, had gone to a coffee shop while the boy's father, Mr Heng CY had left for work.
"He normally wouldn't wake up till 9 or 10 in the morning, as he attended kindergarten in the afternoon," said Mr Heng, 40, an aircon technician.
Both parents had expected the boy to sleep in as the PAP Community Foundation kindergarten he attended had declared a one-day holiday after it held a sports event for the pupils on Sunday.
"He must have been shocked that no one was at home when he woke up, so he climbed up to see if he could find us," said the boy's father, who rushed home once he got a call from the police.
He said Marson could recognise the company van which he drove to work in MacPherson. The boy might have fallen while looking for his father's van.
Heng added that Marson was never a difficult child to take care of. He was an active boy but was cautious of heights as he had hurt his right arm in a fall when he was 3 years old.
Neighbours who knew the family described Marson as an extremely friendly child who always greeted them when he saw them along the corridor.
"We haven't told his sister yet… Even though they fought sometimes, they were very close," said Mr Heng.