A 3-year-old girl died when a television fell on her as she played with her 5-year-old brother and 1-year-old cousin in her home in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, according to police and relatives.
Shaniya Singleton is the second child in the Chicago area to be killed by a falling television in the last 10 days.
Shaniya's great-grandmother Johnnie Sibley said the children were playing upstairs Tuesday evening when "we heard a big thump. So we ran up there and the TV had fallen on Shaniya."
"We got the TV off her and then I attempted CPR," Sibley said this morning, wiping away tears. "And I put my hand under her head. That's when I noticed she was bleeding. So somebody brought me a towel to put under there to hold the bleeding, and I told someone to call 911 and they did.
"While we were waiting for them to come, I was trying to get Shaniya to respond. She opened her eyes a little bit and I was talking to her. I said, ‘Baby, come on. Come on, Shaniya.’
"By that time the paramedics came in and took over. So they grabbed her up and took her on out and that's it," Sibley said.
Shaniya was taken to Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, where she was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
Shaniya and her brother and cousin were running around, playing, when the girl ran into the television, which sat on a low stand, Sibley said. “(Her brother) said it fell on her,” Sivley said. “It's a big TV, one of the old ones."
Police and relatives said the television was a 27-inch model.
Police said they are investigating the death as an accident, and state child welfare officials have also opened an investigation.
On Oct. 30, Karl Clermont, 6, died when a 36-inch television fell on him in his family’s Arlington Heights home. Police ruled his death an accident.
Between 2000 and 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 245 children ages 8 or younger being killed after a TV or heavy furniture fell on them. Most of those deaths, 169, involved falling televisions, according to a report released by the commission in September.
Ryan Haggerty is a reporter for the Tribune, Nancy Loo a reporter for WGN-TVCopyright © 2015, CT Now