Toddler who died in Jewel store falling mirror incident cremated

The Urban Revivo store at Jewel Changi Airport remained closed yesterday afternoon. A report said a few children knocked down a full-length, standalone mirror while playing in the store and it fell on the toddler. The 18-month-old toddler, identified
The 18-month-old toddler, identified by Chinese-language evening paper Lianhe Wanbao as Lai Jiaxin, was cremated yesterday morning at Mandai Crematorium. Her mother and other family members reportedly went to the Urban Revivo store at Jewel at about 6am to conduct prayers.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The Urban Revivo store at Jewel Changi Airport remained closed yesterday afternoon. A report said a few children knocked down a full-length, standalone mirror while playing in the store and it fell on the toddler. The 18-month-old toddler, identified
The Urban Revivo store at Jewel Changi Airport remained closed yesterday afternoon. A report said a few children knocked down a full-length, standalone mirror while playing in the store and it fell on the toddler.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Family returns to fashion outlet to hold prayers before heading to Mandai for the cremation

The 18-month-old girl who died on Friday after a full-length mirror fell on her inside a fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport was cremated yesterday morning.

Her mother and other family members went to the Urban Revivo store at about 6am to conduct prayers, The Straits Times understands.

They then headed to Mandai Crematorium, where the toddler's body was cremated at about 8.45am.

The tragedy on Friday had taken place about three hours before the girl and her family were due to fly home to China.

Chinese-language evening paper Lianhe Wanbao reported that they were scheduled to take a 3pm flight to Xiamen. The Singapore Civil Defence Force responded to the incident at Jewel at 12.33pm.

The newspaper identified the toddler as Lai Jiaxin, and said she was with her family and a few other relatives when the incident occurred.

According to its report, a few children had knocked down the full-length, standalone mirror while playing in the store.

The mirror fell on the toddler, who happened to be standing in front of it.

 
 
 

Police said the child was unconscious when she was taken to Changi General Hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced dead.

The incident is believed to have been captured on closed-circuit television camera footage, but the video has not been released.

When ST visited the Urban Revivo store at Jewel yesterday afternoon, the two-storey unit remained cordoned off.

While the lights were on, no employees could be seen inside, and two signs were put up to say the "store is closed".

Urban Revivo, on its website, says it 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.

When ST visited the outlet in Raffles City yesterday afternoon, an employee who declined to be named said staff had been told to check on their standing mirrors.

"We were told to double-check everything in the store yesterday and make sure things are secure," he said.

He added that the standing mirrors in the Raffles City store differ from those at Jewel.

"The standing mirrors here are attached to the clothing racks, so they are very stable. I think the ones at Jewel are free-standing."

Mr Kenneth Loo, executive director of Straits Construction, said mirrors should be installed such that they are secure enough to not be knocked over too easily - be it the way they are framed or the kind of adhesive used to hold them up.

He declined to comment specifically on the Jewel incident, noting that the facts remain unclear.

"Generally speaking, whenever something like a mirror is installed or mounted, there should be some engineering behind it to allow it to take some kind of impact," he said.

• Additional reporting by Melissa Heng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline 'Toddler who died in Jewel store incident cremated'. Print Edition | Subscribe