Two toddlers die after fall in China mall

BEIJING • Two toddlers, a boy and a girl aged two and three, plunged four storeys to their deaths in a mall in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Monday evening.

According to local media reports, one of the children's parents, who was holding both of them while standing near a balcony on the fourth floor of Joy City Shopping Mall, lost the grip on one child.

The second child then fell from the parent's other arm while the parent was trying to reach out to grab the first one.

Both died instantly after landing on the mall's ground floor.

It was not clear which parent was holding on to the children.

There was a 1.3m-high glass barrier at the balcony, according to news website Sina.

Video footage of the children's parents, wailing in grief as they knelt next to their dead children, has been circulated widely on social media.

Police investigations are ongoing.

The tragedy mirrors a similar incident in November, when a grandmother lost her balance while getting on an escalator moving downwards on the third floor of a shopping mall in Shanghai.

A four-month-old baby she was carrying fell off the side of the escalator and died.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2017, with the headline 'Two toddlers die after fall in China mall'. Print Edition | Subscribe