Toddler dies after mirror falls on her in fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport

The police said they received a call for assistance at 78 Airport Boulevard where a mirror had fallen on an 18-month-old girl.
PHOTO: Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News

SINGAPORE - An 18-month-old toddler died in hospital on Friday (Aug 23) after a standing mirror fell on her inside fashion store Urban Revivo at Jewel Changi Airport.

A spokesman for Jewel Changi Airport said that the accident had occurred because a full-length mirror in the store had fallen and injured the child.

Staff on-site administered first aid to the child while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

"We are working closely with the tenant to ascertain the details of the incident," said the spokesman. "Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we are unable to comment further."

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they responded to a medical incident at 78 Airport Boulevard at 12.33pm on Friday. Police said the child was unconscious when she was taken to Changi General Hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced dead.

Police are investigating the unnatural death.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the child's family, believed to be tourists from China, collected her body from the morgue on Aug 24, accompanied by Jewel staff. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Urban Revivo told The Straits Times it was "deeply saddened by the tragic accident" and that it was assisting the police with its investigations.

Both the store and Jewel Changi Airport said they were in contact with the family of the child and supporting them through the difficult time.

According to Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, the child's family, believed to be tourists from China, collected her body from the morgue on Saturday morning, accompanied by Jewel staff.

Pictures taken after the accident show the store was cordoned off and a sign was put up to inform customers it was "closed for stock take".

Pictures taken after the accident show the store was cordoned off and a sign was put up to inform customers it was "closed for stock take". PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Shin Min Daily News reported that witnesses at the mall saw staff from the store asking nearby shops for ice to apply first aid for the toddler after the accident.

According to its website, Urban Revivo is a Chinese fashion clothing store founded in 2006, with 200 stores in China and across the world, including Europe, North America and Japan.

The store has three outlets in Singapore, including Jewel Changi Airport, Plaza Singapura and Raffles City.

Several incidents have been reported at Jewel Changi Airport since it opened its doors in April.

On May 11, a five-year-old boy suffered a minor cut on his toe after his slipper was caught in an escalator. He was assessed by a doctor on the site after the incident.

Three cases of injury were reported in June.

On June 14, a woman injured her hand after tripping while walking on the sky nets attraction at Canopy Park.

A 14-year-old girl required nine stitches on her face after she suffered a cut while playing at the Mirror Maze attraction at Canopy Park on June 19.

A boy was taken to hospital on June 24 after getting his foot stuck in an escalator. Rescue tools were used to free the boy's foot before he was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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