Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Moderate rain    9 / 12 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Society

5-year-old tumbles from 19th floor

By Chen Xiaoru (Global Times)

09:25, October 30, 2012

A 5-year-old boy died after falling from his family's 19th floor apartment in Zhabei district Sunday night after his parents left him home alone, the second time this month that an unattended child has fallen to his or her death in Shanghai, local media reported Monday.

The boy fell after his parents locked him in their apartment on Baotong Road Sunday evening so they could go to work, according to a report on the news website

Neighbors reported that they heard the boy crying and banging on the door for hours before the accident.

One neighbor told that the boy eventually quieted down. The neighbor then saw the boy climb up the balcony railing and stretch out over the edge to look down. He slipped, then fell.

Police and emergency rescue personnel found the boy dead at the scene, according to the report.

His parents were running their small business at a nearby market when their son fell, according to police.

Police typically don't open investigations into the parents in such cases, which they consider accidental deaths, said Shi Fangni, a press officer with Zhabei police.

Parents are not usually punished for leaving their young children alone at home, said Rong Jinliang, a lawyer from the Juvenile Rights Protection Commission of the Shanghai Bar Association. "Unlike in Western countries where parents are not allowed to leave their children unattended for a long time, China doesn't have any regulations about this issue yet," Rong told the Global Times.

Earlier this month, a 2-year-old girl died under similar circumstances. The girl's mother had left her alone in the family's 10th floor apartment in Pudong New Area while she went to look for her husband, who was late coming home from a shopping trip.

The girl left the apartment, climbed through a hallway window and fell out.

Yang Yongming, director of the Shanghai Youth Protection Office of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, advised parents to keep their young children with them.

"It is particularly dangerous to leave children who aren't old enough to go to school unattended at home because they cannot recognize danger. Working or going shopping is not an excuse to leave a small child alone," Yang told the Global Times.

Most viewed commentaries

Recommended News
12 hours before execution of female prisoners Sexy girls in China's national pole dancing team A glimpse of hard security guard training
Typhoon Son-Tinh brings gales, downpours Top 10 self-made businesswomen in China Life behind bars (II)


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Aircrafts to perform in Zhuhai Air Show

  2. Weekly review of military photos

  3. Unforgettable moments in October (III)

  4. Hospitals to prevent theft of babies

  5. 50,000 gay people attended parade

  6. Exporters note the drag of US, Japanese

  7. Hottest night markets around the world

  8. Don't regard youself as useless

Most Popular


  1. Japan should face up to wrongdoing
  2. Hillary Clinton is the dominator of U.S. foreign policy
  3. Woes leave legacy we can be thankful for
  4. Asian Americans are x factor in U.S. swing states?
  5. Understanding key to Sino-US relations
  6. Kindergarten abuse cases becoming major worry
  7. Reform required for China's economic growth
  8. External markets crucial for business success
  9. Fears that yuan rise will hit exports unfounded
  10. Tax reform crucial to stable growth

What’s happening in China

Clearing away the fog of doubt

  1. China vows more tolerance for juvenile offenders
  2. Snake eaters warned as the 'year of' approaches
  3. China to build 100 intelligent bases for the old
  4. Hospitals to prevent theft of babies
  5. Bus driver plays hero, chases down thief