Family of dead girl in falling mirror case hires Singapore lawyer

Above: The Urban Revivo store in Jewel Changi Airport where the incident took place last Friday. Left: Full-length mirrors like the one pictured were previously placed in the store. One such mirror was believed to have fallen on the toddler, who late
Above: The Urban Revivo store in Jewel Changi Airport where the incident took place last Friday. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Above: The Urban Revivo store in Jewel Changi Airport where the incident took place last Friday. Left: Full-length mirrors like the one pictured were previously placed in the store. One such mirror was believed to have fallen on the toddler, who late
Above: Full-length mirrors like the one pictured were previously placed in the store. One such mirror was believed to have fallen on the toddler, who later died. PHOTO: URBAN REVIVO/FACEBOOK

The family members of the 18-month-old girl who died after a mirror fell on top of her at a fashion shop in Jewel Changi Airport have flown home to China, but have engaged a lawyer to handle the case here, The Straits Times understands.

The family, who were on holiday from China, returned home yesterday afternoon, a day after the toddler was cremated.

The tragedy had taken place last Friday at the two-storey Urban Revivo store about three hours before the girl and her family were originally due to fly back to China.

Chinese evening paper Lianhe Wanbao reported that they were scheduled to take a 3pm flight to Xiamen that day.

The toddler, identified as Lai Jia-xin, was reportedly with her family and some relatives when the incident occurred.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force responded to the incident at 12.33pm. Police said the child was unconscious when she was taken to Changi General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, the store has removed all the free-standing mirrors from its premises. Checks by ST yesterday showed the Urban Revivo store was still cordoned off and there were no more full-length mirrors in the shopfront.

Earlier pictures and videos of the store showed full-length oblong mirrors that were free-standing and supported by a frame behind. This was the type of mirror believed to have fallen on the girl.

She was cremated on Sunday at Mandai Crematorium.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, a few children had knocked down the mirror while playing in the Urban Revivo store. The mirror reportedly fell on the toddler, who was standing in front of it.

Police have classified the incident as an unnatural death and are investigating.

Lawyer Rajan Supramaniam, who is not representing the family, said investigations will reveal the facts that led to the fatal incident and will help determine if it is an accident, if any of the parties is at fault, or if there is criminal negligence. If any party decides to pursue a civil case, the courts will have to determine on liability and damages, he added.

Urban Revivo is a Chinese fashion clothing store founded in 2006, with 200 stores in China and across the world, including Europe, North America and Japan.

It has three outlets in Singapore - at Jewel Changi Airport, Plaza Singapura and Raffles City.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2019, with the headline 'Family of dead girl in falling mirror case hires S'pore lawyer'. Print Edition | Subscribe