At approximately 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 1-year old Shaun Brown was playing in his home on the Far South Side of Chicago surrounded by family when he was killed by a falling television, reports the Chicago Tribune.
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According to authorities, the television was more than 45 inches wide, over one hundred pounds and perched atop of a much smaller, narrow “fish tank stand.” Baby Shaun was running through the room and accidentally bumped into the television, causing it to topple on top of him. His mother quickly ran to lift the large TV, immediately realizing that her son did not seem to be breathing:
“The baby is dead!” she screamed as she ran downstairs, according to cousin Michael Jennings.
Refusing to wait on an ambulance, Shaun’s parents rushed him to a local hospital; after his initial treatment he was transferred to University of Chicago Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:21 p.m, according to the Tribune.
Relatives said the child suffered from a fractured skull and extensive eye injuries.
Shaun’s great-grandmother, Mozelle Kyles, 78, said that she was in the apartment beneath her family’s when she heard the television crash to the floor:
“Everybody downstairs heard a big loud thump and then everybody started screaming,’’ she said.
Chicago’s Department of Children and Family Services are investigating Shaun’s death. Agency spokesperson, Kendall Marlowe, said they have no prior history with the Brown family:
“We have not had any previous investigation with this family,’’ he said. “No other children lived at the home.”
Unfortunately, this tragedy is not an unusual occurrence in Chicago. According to the Tribune, four children have been killed by falling televisions in the past three months:
— Gianna Hadjis, 4, died of “crushing” head injuries after a television set fell onto her Jan. 15 at her University Park home, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
— On Nov. 8, 3-year-old Shaniya Singleton died after a television fell in her Englewood home as she played with her 5-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister.
— Ten days earlier, on Oct. 30, Karl Clermont, 6, was killed when a 36-inch television fell on him in his family’s Arlington Heights home.
Kyle says that she is still in disbelief at the loss of her great-grandson:
“He’s gone. They told us he was going to make it, but he took a turn and now he’s gone,” she said quietly. “There’s not much to say. He was just a baby. He was a beautiful child.”