Posted October 11, 2018 12:13:59 A 2-month-old boy who died in his nursery in westingfield died after being hit by a school roof.
Westinghouse Electric appliances owner Tom Wilson said his employees were called to a property at the junction of the River Thames and the Oxford Road Bridge in the city’s south on Saturday morning.
“I’m very shocked, and really sad,” he said.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with the family of the child.”
“The staff who were at the scene and the officers who were called by our ambulance service were absolutely fantastic and were on their way in and out as quickly as they could,” Mr Wilson said.
The toddler, who was born with congenital heart defects, was taken to a nearby hospital.
Mr Wilson said the child was taken into the care of the Children’s Commissioner’s office, where he was pronounced dead.
“It is a terrible tragedy, we will be keeping our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time,” he told the BBC.
“But, we have had a few incidents recently where children have fallen from the roofs of schools.”
Mr Wilson, who lives in Southgate, is currently in court charged with manslaughter and failing to provide the child with adequate care.
Westmoreland County Council’s child protection officer, Helen Gurney, said there were a number of reports of incidents where children were injured.
“There’s a number, we’re investigating them and we’re making sure we have the right measures in place to protect children,” she said.
Ms Gurne said a police inquiry was underway.
“We’re aware of reports that the child fell from the roof and there are reports that he was injured,” she told the ABC.
“Police will be making inquiries at this stage.”
A spokesman for Westmoreland Regional Council said it was aware of a child who fell from a roof at the intersection of the Oxford and River Roads.
“The council is working closely with local authorities to provide appropriate support to families and support staff,” the spokesman said.