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3-year-old boy falls to his death from 8th floor of condo

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A 3-year-old boy fell to his death from the balcony of his family's 8th floor apartment in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday.

According to police, a passerby saw the boy lying on a second-floor metal covering extending over the entrance of the 14-floor building at around 7:25 a.m. Saturday and called 119. Fuji TV reported that the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the boy, Itsuki Miyata, lived with his father, 26, mother, 31, and 54-year-old grandfather. The boy's father had gone out earlier and his mother went out at around 7 a.m., leaving her son home with his grandfather. However, the woman called and asked her father to come down to the first floor lobby and bring something she had left behind.

The grandfather told police he was out of the apartment for several minutes and that when he got back, an unlocked window to the balcony was open and his grandson was gone.

Police said the balcony railing is 1.2 meters high and that there were a table and chair on the balcony. They believe the boy might have climbed up on the chair and leaned too far over the railing.

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You have no idea what a child can do in few sec.. even at 2 years.. i was doing my business in toilet.. and my neighbour found my son walking on the street with his diaper :/ , he went outside from the windows (which was lock) but he was tall enought and knew how to opened it. On the same day i bought some new lock for all my windows :D

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Ahh, man. I can only speak from my current situation. I have a 3 year old boy. He is smart, curious, very physically active and capable....and there is no way in hell I would leave him alone in a single story house, let alone an apartment like the one described.

It's a tragedy.

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You never leave a child alone for a second

You do in the real world. You just don't if there is open access to an 8th floor balcony.

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RIP. Poor kid probably just wanted to see his mom so climbed up on the table/chairs to get a look. Sorry Gramps, but you don't leave a kid that age alone, more so in a highrise with windows that might be unlocked. I keep wondering how many of these accidents we need to read about before people actually stop leaving their small children unattended. I constantly see small kids in my neighbourhood wandering around alone - not even ele school kids. There is a small pond near my house and I shudder when someone kid will will go in because they are just curious.

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I am sure many upon many parents have had an experience to run upstairs or outside to grab something while leaving their child unattended. I am sure not a single person expects the worst for the quick time they are gone.

Reading about these types of cases makes me happy to live in a house. Even a fall from the 2nd floor can be dangerous so I bought child safety locks for the door and windows.

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Leaving the 3-year-old boy alone on the 8th floor with the unlocked window to the balcony was the last thing the grandfather should have done.

It's unclear from the article whether the window was left unlocked, or just found unlocked.

Let alone a table and chair in there.

True, but we don't know how they ended up there - maybe he was moving things around, and the table and chairs weren't normally there.

And the woman on the first floor lobby should have drawn to the grandfather's attention that he should take her son with him.

Maybe she thought he would. Maybe the kid was sleeping. Maybe any number of other things.

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Leaving the 3-year-old boy alone on the 8th floor with the unlocked window to the balcony was the last thing the grandfather should have done. Let alone a table and chair in there. And the woman on the first floor lobby should have drawn to the grandfather's attention that he should take her son with him. RIP to the little boy.

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" Tears in Heaven " ...

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No way can this many children 'fall' from high rise buildings in such frequency - why no investigation or autopsy!? The government already knows there is an infanticide/abuse epidemic in this country. Not good enough. Where is the public outcry Japan?

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I feel sadness at a mistake made by a family that resulted in something that will likely taint the rest of their lives, and very possibly destroy their family.

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Again! It seems that some parents don't care about many same incidents happened in the past and they assume such a thing never happens to my child.

You never leave a child alone for a second.

Completely avoidable if any one of them gave a cr@p about the child. I guess carrying that extra bag of groceries was way too important.

How does it feel being so superior all the time? It's easy to judge. It's much, much more difficult to live through something like this. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Compassion and understanding are helpful; not holier-than-though statements of admonition.

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Readers, no bickering please.

an unlocked window to the balcony was open

Maybe if it had been locked ?

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Again! It seems that some parents don't care about many same incidents happened in the past and they assume such a thing never happens to my child.

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Completely avoidable if any one of them gave a cr@p about the child. I guess carrying that extra bag of groceries was way too important

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You never leave a child alone for a second

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Police said the balcony railing is 1.2 meters high and that there were a table and chair on the balcony. They believe the boy might have climbed up on the chair and leaned too far over the railing.

He old table and chairs on he 8th floor balcony trick! It amazing how many kids fall for this one! (Pun intended) I cannot believe how flipping stupid people are! Firstly, for leaving a kid alone in an apartment, regardless of it being 'several minutes'. And, of course, putting a table and chairs on the balcony when they have little kids. You might as well just out a sign on it saying, "Climb me!" I'm sure the grandfather wishes he took the kid downstairs with him now.

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