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6-year-old Boy Falls to Death in Leeds

West Yorkshire Police Vehicle (from Flickr)West Yorkshire Police have arrested 4 people on suspicion of child neglect after a 6-year-old boy, named by the police department as Liam Adam Shackleton, fell from an 8-storey window at the Lindsey Mount tower block of flats in Leeds on Tuesday. A blue teddy bear and flowers were laid on Wednesday near the spot where the boy hit the ground.

It’s understood that the little boy’s grandparents are the tenants of the flat. Liam had moved in recently with his parents (Martin and Tanya), 2 brothers and sister. Martin told ITV News that his son had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was hyperactive. He’s devastated and has been in a right state since he heard the news at teatime on Tuesday.

Care worker Jane Warden, 51, says that she saw Liam on the ground after the fall. He was face up, and his arms and legs were twisted. There wasn’t any blood, though his lips were blue and he was breathing shallowly. She knew that he was gone then, as no child could have survived something like that. There were about 10 people gathered around, and one of them put a blanket over him until the paramedics got there. After they arrived, they gently scooped him up and put him in the ambulance.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene around 5:15pm on Tuesday. Liam was transported to Leeds General Infirmary, but he died shortly after. A spokesman with the police said that they have arrested 4 people on suspicion of child neglect after the 6-year-old’s death – 2 males (36 and 57) and 2 women (16 and 28).

Maria Jordan, a 50-year-old who lives on the Lincoln Estate nearby, told reporters that this is a heartbreaking tragedy. She has 2 grandchildren who are 4 and 7 years old, and she cried as she told journalists that her neighbour knocked on her door and told her that the little boy had fallen from the building. She doesn’t know the family, but it breaks her heart to think about the poor child. She wouldn’t let her grandchildren even close to the windows if she lived that high up, she added.

From his home opposite of Lindsey Mount, the aftermath of the tragedy was witnessed by Mohammad Kulan, a 42-year-old security guard and father of 3. He told reporters that he looked out the window when he heard the sirens, and many people were grouped together in the gardens. The boy was tended by paramedics, he continued, but he doesn’t think they could do very much for him. This is very sad, and everyone he’s seen has said what a tragedy this was.

A note from Mama and Julie was attached to the teddy bear laid near his falling spot. It read that it’s such a shame that he was so young and that his life was taken away like it was. Then it sent a little prayer to heaven, asking that the Father guide and protect the ones they love, and direct them from danger; ‘guide them from fear’ because ‘this child is so dear.”



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