Before window grilles could be installed in a new flat, a four-year-old boy there fell to his death yesterday morning.
Neighbours said the family had recently moved into the ninth-floor flat in Block 165, Yishun Ring Road.
Police said they received a call for help yesterday at around 8.30am. They arrived to find the boy lying motionless at the foot of the block. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Police said they were investigating the unnatural death.
The Straits Times understands that the boy fell from a window in the master bedroom.
Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported that the boy was in his pyjamas and home alone when the incident occurred.
A family friend, who declined to be named, said the family was "very distraught" and did not want to comment.
A neighbour, who did not want to give her name, said the family moved in last month.
The 35-year-old housewife added that the family had plans to install grilles.
Madam Rudiana Sapari, 51, who lives on the first floor of the block, said she was asked by police officers to help identify the body after the incident.
She said: "I thought I would help because my five-year-old grandson plays with his friends outside my house, so it could be someone I know. But it wasn't."
Housewife Rajakumari Gopalswamy was cleaning her flat when she heard a loud thud and someone screaming.
The 30-year-old, who lives on the fourth floor, said: "I quickly went to take a look. There was a lot of blood. I feel very sad for the family."
In June, a three-year-old boy who fell from the sixth storey of a block in Stirling Road in late April, died after being in hospital for more than six weeks.