Young girl dies after falling three floors in shopping mall

A customer looks at her child on a shopping trolley as they take an escalator at a Wal-Mart supermarket in Wuhan, Hubei province December 3, 2011. A young girl reportedly fell to her death this afternoon at a mall in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic
A customer looks at her child on a shopping trolley as they take an escalator at a Wal-Mart supermarket in Wuhan, Hubei province December 3, 2011. A young girl reportedly fell to her death this afternoon at a mall in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — A young girl fell to her death from the third floor of a shopping mall here this afternoon, police said.

The girl, identified as Nurul Emielda Nadia Sallehuddin, was using an escalator together with her parents when the incident happened at around 2pm.

The parents told the police that they had briefly looked away from the school-going child before hearing a loud sound below, The Star reported.

Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said the parents then saw that the girl had fallen from the escalator.

“They looked down and saw that their daughter had fallen off the escalator, and was lying on the floor several levels below.

“It is believed that Nurul Emielda slipped out of the corner of the escalator through a small opening,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

In a separate report by the New Straits Times (NST), Muhammad was quoted as saying that the girl had landed on the ground floor and suffered severe injuries to the back of her head.

“An ambulance was rushed to the scene but (she) was pronounced dead at the scene,” he was quoted as saying.

According to The Star, staff at the shopping mall staff closed off the lower ground floor and places near the escalators to the public.

The police are probing the case marked as sudden death, while Nurul Emielda’s body has been sent for post-mortem at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), The Star reported.

News reports placed the age of the girl, who had just entered her first year of primary school, at either six or seven years old.

The NST also identified the shopping mall as The Gardens, MidValley City here.