8-year-old falls to death in absence of babysitter

Fire fighters are seen taking the victim’s body down from the roof of the building. ― Malay Mail pic
Fire fighters are seen taking the victim’s body down from the roof of the building. ― Malay Mail pic

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KAJANG, April 24 — An eight-year-old boy fell to his death at Suria Court in Bandar Mahkota Cheras yesterday afternoon in the latest incident involving children falling from height.

Police said Damon Yen Zhu Yang had fallen from the third floor on which a unit belonging to his tuition teacher cum babysitter is located. His body was found on the roof of the building’s front entrance.

Kajang police chief ACP Abd Rashid Abd Wahad said police had classified the case as sudden death and the victim’s body was sent to Kajang Hospital for post-mortem.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department was alerted at 12.42pm and found Yen had a padlock and keys in his hand at the scene. A blanket was found at the door of the apartment unit.

According to a friend of the deceased’s family, Yen was not feeling well when his mother sent him to the 32-year-old teacher. The teacher has four children under her care but yesterday, Yen was alone.

“Damon was given medicine and left to sleep in the apartment alone. The teacher, concerned he would be hungry when he woke up, left to buy food.

“She returned in under 10 minutes but could not find Damon.”

“It is believed Damon had found the unit’s spare keys and had let himself out,” he said.

On April 3, Nurhayada Sofia Musa, 6, died after she fell through a gap of an escalator at the Kenanga Wholesale City Mall. The incident was captured by the mall’s security camera, showing the mother of the girl on her mobile phone when she fell while playing with another girl.

City CID chief SAC Zainuddin Ahmad had said the case was being investigated from all angles, including negligence, and advised the public not to speculate.

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