Six-week-old baby girl dies after pram plunges into lift shaft
The infant’s 21-year-old mother was waiting with her for the elevator on the 23rd floor of an apartment building in Brooklyn on Thursday.
When the doors opened, the young mum pushed the stroller into the empty lift shaft.
The baby girl, identified as Areej Ali, and her mum plunged eight floors, landing on top of an elevator car positioned at the 15th floor.
Police found the tot unconscious and unresponsive after responding to a 911 call.
The baby was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, an NYPD spokesman said.
The mother, identified by New York Daily News sources as Aber Al-Rahabi, survived the fall.
An investigation is underway at the privately owned Sea Rise II apartments in Coney Island.
No arrests have been made in the incident.
Neighbour Vitaliy Shitikov said: “I literally just like, left like 4 or 5 hours ago and everything was fine and just now, I’m still kind of in shock. I see the family all the time.”
The building, which is currently in the middle of a large reconstruction project, has 50 open violations, including four elevator violations, the New York Daily News reported.
It is not clear whether the mother was aware that the elevator was out of service or whether the building supervisors had issued notices that the elevators were out of service.
Officials from the New York City Department of Buildings were at the apartment building on Thursday afternoon to investigate.
The building, built in 1974, has 24 floors with 334 residential apartment units, according to information found on NYCityMap, New York City’s online map portal.