5-year-old boy falls to death from 13th floor flat when left home alone

5-year-old boy falls to death from 13th floor flat when left home alone
Unlocked grille: The window where five-year-old Muhammad fell from.

GEORGE TOWN - Just a month ago, they moved into the new apartment block in Bayan Lepas near here. Now, the family is in mourning after a five-year-old boy fell to his death from the 13th floor.

It is believed Muhammad Alif Hamizan Abdul Khalid was home alone and looking down from the balcony at the car park where his grandmother was taking his sister to school when he fell through the balcony's unlocked window grille.

Residents found his body at about 7.30am yesterday.

"Everything happened so fast. His grandmother had just gone down about 10 minutes earlier. Shortly after, she was informed about the tragic incident," said the boy's uncle Mohd Razeen Hamzah, 33, when met at the Balik Pulau Hospital mortuary.

He said the family moved into the high-rise apartment block only last month.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said the boy had been asleep when his grandmother took his sister to a school nearby.

He said the boy's mother worked at a factory while his self-employed father was out of town.

In Maran, a four-year-old boy drowned after falling into a manhole at a school while accompanying his mother at work.

Law Bin Jian's mother Ling Zhu had frantically searched for him after realising he was missing and spotted one of his slippers inside the exposed manhole which was filled with water.

She immediately jumped into the manhole and carried her unconscious son out but he was pronounced dead in Maran.

Law was the fourth of five siblings.

He usually accompanied his mother to the SJK(C) Pei Min in Sri Jaya where she works as a helper in the canteen.

Acting Maran OCPD Asst Supt Abd Razak Abd Majid confirmed the incident.

Chairman of the school's board of management Datuk Chow Liong said he was deeply saddened by the incident.

Chow, who is also the Maran MCA division chief, urged the authorities to allocate funds to the school to carry out repair work.

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