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3-year-old boy falls to his death from 6th floor of condo

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A three-year-old boy fell to his death from the balcony of the 6th-floor apartment where he lived in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on Friday night.

According to police, a passerby called 119 at around 9 p.m. to report that a child was lying on the ground in front of the condominium.

The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, Fuji TV reported.

Police said that the boy’s mother had gone to a nearby convenience store, leaving her son alone at the time of the incident.

The woman and her son lived by themselves in the apartment, police said.

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I feel sad at the loss of a precious, young Japanese life. Can't she have locked the balcony entrance before leaving the toddler alone to deal himself.? Can't imagine such carelessness.

Ramesh

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I would be interested to see comparable stats from other G7 nations, because this seems to happen a lot in Japan. I can’t find any stats though, why don’t other parents learn that this happens and so, well can happen.

Is it a case of, ‘It won’t happen to me?’ (Not a good way to live life IMO)

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So sad, never ever leave your kids alone.

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Can't she have locked the balcony entrance before leaving the toddler alone to deal himself.?

A three year old can open locks! However, that is not the point. The point is, yet another toddler has met with their death while being left at home alone by an irresponsible twit of a parent! When will parents in Japan realise it is not ok to leave your young kids at home alone or locked in a car? This is a very serious offense where I come from that can result in the children being removed from an unsafe environment and the parent/s being charge with neglect. I have no doubt this was not the first time she has left the kid alone either. I also bet there was a chair or some other structure on the balcony for him to climb over.

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"Police said that the boy’s mother had gone to a nearby convenience store, leaving her son alone at the time of the incident."

And yet again, convenience trumps safety, and people die as a result, with the mother probably wondering "Why?" when she knows full well it is her own fault. She should be charged with negligence resulting in death, I don't care how much she is already suffering. Condo's and apartment buildings also need to start putting up nets, and parents need to learn in general about "child-proofing".

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It is tragic that the child died, but it is irresponsible to leave a three-year-old alone at home. This should not be an acceptable form of parenting in Japan.

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Condo's and apartment buildings also need to start putting up nets

It probably would have been cheaper and more effective if they had just put up a net around that mother's uterus.

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syzyguy: Maybe in this case, but that wouldn't stop it from happening all the time in Japan.

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I have actually read some comments that for "some" people it's a norms to leave your kids alone for few minutes or hours but for majority I think this is a BIG "no, no" what could possibly be a reason for not taking your child with you?

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I think Japan create a national law prohibiting owners to lease units higher than secooood stories to. People with children.

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