8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Flower Box

The boy was climbing a window gate to get a basketball Thursday in Brooklyn
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2017 4:30 PM CDT
8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Flower Box
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An 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was killed Thursday evening when a flower box fell on his head, the New York Daily News reports. According to WABC, Kevin Reilly was climbing a window gate to retrieve a basketball outside his home and grabbed the flower box. The 4-foot-long planter fell and pinned Kevin underneath it, NBC New York reports. The box was made out of ceramic or concrete and was full of wet soil. A neighbor tells the Daily News Kevin's mother "had a hard time lifting it off," eventually needing help from two people to free her son.

Kevin was unconscious when emergency responders arrived and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A friend remembers Kevin as "fun and nice." Police are calling the incident a tragic accident, and no charges are expected. But city inspectors are investigating. Many homes in the neighborhood have identical flower boxes, and residents are checking to see how well they're attached and keeping their children away from them. "Who would have thought a potted plant would be so dangerous," a neighbor says. (More child death stories.)

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