‘The mother’s voice — I can still hear it’: neighbours mourn two-year-old girl hit by falling air conditioner


Neighbours at a Scarborough Toronto Community Housing building are mourning a two-year-old girl who died after being struck by a falling air conditioner on Monday.

“We heard screaming,” said Marta Gero, a resident at 3847 Lawrence Avenue East, who said she saw the mother and toddler every morning.

“There was nothing left of the stroller,” she said on Tuesday. “The mother’s voice — I can still hear it.”

Toronto police were called to the corner of Lawrence Avenue East and Mossbank Drive around 3:45 p.m. Monday after an air conditioner fell from the eighth floor.

Paramedics rushed the toddler to Sick Kids Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later succumbed to those injuries and died in hospital.

It is still not clear what caused the air conditioning to fall on the child. Police said no charges have been laid.

“Any family going through this is a tragedy,” said Toronto police Const. Caroline de Kloet.

Parvin Santo, another neighbour of the victim, was devastated to hear the little girl had died.

Santo said she used to see the “nice, cute” girl at a nearby playground with her mom, brother and sister. “Hi princess, how are you?” Santo recalled asking the girl, to which the little girl would respond with laughter and smiles.

Now, “I cannot sleep,” said Santo, who has two children of her own. “I am crying all night.”

On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory said the incident “could only be described as a freak accident.”

“This is a terrible tragedy,” said Tory, adding that he’s happy police are conducting a “very thorough” investigation and that the Toronto Community Housing Corporation will have to do the same.

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In a statement released Tuesday, Toronto Community Housing said they are “deeply saddened by the death” at their building on Lawrence Avenue East and that their “thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

The community housing corporation also said they were working alongside police to figure out what happened and will take “appropriate action once the facts are known.”

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David Venn

David Venn is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @davidvenn_

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