Falling TV kills 4-year-old girl

Jan. 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A 4-year-old child died in her mother's Chicago home after a television tipped off a table and landed on her, the child's father said.

Adam Hadjis was estranged from his wife, whose name was not reported, but they had an amicable relationship and shared custody of their child, Gianna, the Chicago Tribune said Monday.

Hadjis, who had custody of Gianna after Christmas, returned the child from his Iowa home back to her mother in Chicago, who called him Sunday saying Gianna had injured herself.

"I could hear the ambulance sirens in the background," Hadjis said. "They said her skull was severely crushed, and she had a massive bruise on the bridge of her nose."

The Sunday morning accident happened at the University Park home of the mother's boyfriend, the Tribune said. Gianna allegedly had finished eating breakfast when her mother heard a loud crash and found the TV had fallen on the child.

"She caught her several times hanging from the table and scolded her to stop," Hadjis said. "But it didn't do any good I guess."

Gianna was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and had surgery to relieve pressure from her brain but she died at 2:50 p.m.

"The most important thing is to warn other people with children that if they own a television that is unstable they can be putting their child at risk," Hadjis said.

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