A 5-year-old boy dies in hospital a week after ‘a mirror fell on him’ at a department store in Essex. An air ambulance soon arrived and the young boy was taken away in critical condition.
5-year-old boy dies in hospital after ‘mirror fell on him’ in store
Police and paramedics were called to Fenwick in Colchester High Street at 11.30am on July 27, where the child had suffered serious head injuries.
The air ambulance also landed nearby and the young boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He was left fighting for his life, and police confirmed today that he died from his injuries.
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, Colchester district commander, said, “I know I speak for all my teams when I say we are very saddened by today’s news. This is a truly heartbreaking incident and all our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones.
“On behalf of my assistant officers, I would also like to thank the members of the public and store staff who went out of their way to help us. We are very grateful for their help.”
Fenwick said it will close its store in Colchester tomorrow as a mark of respect. It said in a statement tonight, “It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of a child following an incident at our Colchester store last week.”
The store added that it continues to work closely with authorities to understand how the child was injured.
Essex Police said it was understood at the time that the child’s life-threatening injuries were caused when a mirror fell on top of him inside the store.
A spokesman said, “We were called to Fenwick department store in Colchester High Street by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly after 11:30am with reports of concerns for the welfare of a child.
“We arrived and found that a five-year-old boy had suffered a serious head injury. Along with store staff and medics, our officers immediately administered first aid to the child.”