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Boy dies in 6-floor fall

A five-year-old boy, left alone at home, died yesterday morning after falling from a window of the sixth floor in a residential community in Baoshan District.

Yesterday's accident is the second case of its kind within a week. Another boy died last Tuesday after falling from 31 floors.

The community's security staff found the boy, wearing a black down coat and a pair of cotton slippers, in the greenery area about 9am.

He was pronounced dead soon after emergency staff arrived.

The boy, from Anhui Province, lived with his parents and his seven-year-old brother in a room that was rented out to them about 10 days ago.

Before the fall, the boy's parents went out for work while his brother, escorted by his grandmother, was on his way to school.

The grandmother collapsed as she heard the news after coming back, said witnesses.

The boy might have lost his balance as he opened the window after climbing onto the window ledge, said residents in the community.

The boy who died in last Tuesday's accident had also been left at home unattended.

The tragedies should alarm parents who just lock the door and left their children alone at home, educators said.

So far there's no law or regulation in the country forbidding parents or adults to leave their children, even preschool ones, unattended.


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