A man in Selangor, Malaysia, left his two daughters alone at home, not knowing it would be the last time he’d see one of them alive.
His three-year-old daughter was killed while her six-year-old sister was severely injured after the pair fell from a building on Tuesday (Jan 28), reported Bernama.
They were believed to have fallen from the fourth floor of a teacher’s dormitory, onto an open area of the quarters.
Image: Polis Daerah Gombak
Their bodies were discovered by their mother when she returned home from work at 5.30 pm that day.
With the help of her neighbours, she immediately rushed her daughters to Selayang Hospital.
Girl falls to death, sister injured after being left alone at home
Unfortunately, the younger girl suffered from extensive injuries and was pronounced dead by doctors at around 6 pm, according to the Harian Metro.
The other girl suffered broken arms and legs.
“Her six-year-old sister, who also fell but survived, is in a stable condition,” the district police chief said in a press conference on Wednesday (Jan 29). “We believe that she managed to survive her fall as she fell onto the grass as opposed to the deceased.”
Police are investigating
According to the police, there were no witnesses at the time of the incident.
Preliminary examinations revealed that their mother had left the children in their father’s care before leaving for work. Although he was supposed to look after them, he stepped out for a while to pick up his third child from a nearby caretaker and left the two girls alone at home.
Both parents, as well as their neighbours, will be brought in for questioning by the police.
The victim’s post mortem is still ongoing.
Balcony safety for children: Tips to remember
When it comes to balcony safety, entrapment and falling are two major ways in which children can get hurt. They can get their limbs and head stuck in the grill or balcony balustrades or, worse, they may slip and fall.
If you have a balcony at home, follow these vital reminders to keep your children safe:
- Teach your toddler to stay at a proper distance from the balcony.
- Discourage them from climbing on the balcony.
- Keep any climbable objects away from the balcony.
- Discourage kids from dragging any light furniture close to the balcony.
- Make sure that your balcony is fitted with grills.
- Keep the windows closed when your little one is near the balcony.
- Be vigilant at all times, especially when your child is near the balcony.
This post was first published on AsiaOne and was edited and republished on theAsianparent with permission.