A 6 WEEK-OLD baby girl died in Coney Island, New York overnight when her stroller tumbled seven stories down an elevator shaft, police sources said.
The New York Post reports that mum Aberaqed Al-Rabah was with her baby Areej Ali on the 23rd floor of the Sea Rise complex, around 11:45am (2:15am AEDT) when the elevator doors opened and she pushed the stroller in, not noticing the lift wasn’t actually there, law enforcement sources said.
The baby girl tumbled down to the 16th floor and was brought to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Jeff Delacruz, who lives in the building, said his aunt works at Coney Island Hospital and spoke to the baby’s mother.
“She keeps saying, ‘everything is OK. It’s OK. God only gave me my baby for three months,” Mr Delacruz, 28, said. “She’s probably traumatised.”
His wife Elizabeth said the elevators are always out of service.
“There’s always a problem with the elevators in this building,” Mrs Delacruz, 26, said. “About a week ago, the same one was out of service. The door just didn’t open. It stayed close.”
The Sea Rise complex has a “chronic problem” with their elevators according to one of hundreds of Department of Buildings complaints.
There’s one active complaint from September 30 against the elevator that killed Areej saying the elevator is not working.
There are another two complaints for the elevator from July 17 that have been resolved and a complaint from March 9, 2015 that says the elevator is “constantly getting out of service” and “has not been working for 2 and a half weeks.”
There are at least 2 other complaints from 2014 and two from 2013.
The entire complex has hundreds of complaints and violations.
The Department of Buildings is en route to the scene to investigate the cause.
This article originally appeared in The New York Post