Boy who fell off roof has died

July 8, 2008 10:41:11 AM PDT
The 22-month-old boy fell two stories from a roof in Reading, Berks County has died from his injuries.

Reading police say the boy died Monday at Hershey Medical Center from a brain injury that he suffered during the fall.

Investigators say the 22-month-old victim lived in a third floor apartment that had a back door that opened to the roof of the second floor. That roof comes to a subtle peak at the center.

The incident happend at a home that contained several apartments along the 600 block of Front Street on July 2nd. Action News spoke with neighbors who told us that even though they're horrified by what happened, they're not terribly surprised.

Reading officials condemned the building last week and ordered all of the tenants out.

Tracy Acker said she saw the little boy in his mother's arms and at first thought he had been hit by a car, but there were no cars around. "As I watched, he just looked lifeless in his mother's arms," she said, "It was horrible."

Luis Birrial said he's seen children of all ages playing on this roof and that he chased a bunch of kids off of there the previous weekend.

Birrial says he has told some parents it's not good for the kids to be playing on the roof, but they haven't done anything.

Chopper 6 flew over the scene and spotted a skateboard on the roof where toddler was reportedly riding a tricycle before falling two stories off the side of the building.