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Fourth child in past three months dies from falling TV

Updated: March 9, 2012 8:17AM

For the fourth time in less than four months, a young child from the area has been killed by a falling, older model television.

The latest tragedy happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when 1-year-old Shaun Brown was playing in his home in the 11300 block of South Edbrooke, police and family members said.

He was alone in an upstairs room when a more than 100-pound, 42-to 45-inch television fell on him, fracturing his skull, Calumet Police District Lt. Timothy Bickham said.

The Zenith TV was an older model tube television — far heavier than the flat-screen TVs now being sold, family members said.

It was resting on a “fish tank” stand that was smaller than the TV, Bickham said.

Shaun’s family members were downstairs when they heard a loud noise, said Shaun’s grandmother, Mozelle Kyles.

“My granddaughter went upstairs and then came down hollering and screaming . . . and we called 911,” Kyles said.

Lolita Moore, who lives across the street and visited the home several times Tuesday, said the family believes the toddler bumped into the television, causing it to fall.

Shaun’s father drove his only child to Roseland Hospital before the ambulance arrived.

Police said the boy was initially in “grave” condition, but stabilized. He was then taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, but later died.

“It makes me sick, sick, sick,” Kyles said.

Moore said she saw the television on the floor. It had blood on one corner.

“They’re good parents,” Moore said. “They’re young parents, but they’re good. It was truly an accident — but it was a tragic accident.”

This is the fourth child in the area to be killed by a falling TV since late October.

The others include Gianna Hadjis, 4, killed Jan. 15 when a TV fell on her head at her home at 668 Sullivan Lane in University Park; Shaniya Singleton, 3, killed Nov. 8 when a TV fell at her home in the 7800 block of South Union; and Karl Clermont, 6, who died when a TV fell on him Oct. 30 in the 1700 block of Portsmith Lane in Arlington Heights.

From 2000 through 2010, 245 U.S. children died in tip-over accidents.

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