San Antonio child dies after TV falls on top of him

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by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

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Posted on July 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Tragedy struck a local family Wednesday evening after San Antonio police said a TV and dresser fell on top of a 3-year-old boy.

The Medical Examiner's office confirmed Thursday morning Elias Rodriguez died of injuries he sustained from the incident.

According to SAPD Rodriguez was inside a home on the 5300 block of Vista Glen when he was climbing the dresser with a large TV on top.

Officers said both items fell on the boy.

AirLife rushed the boy to University Hospital where he later died.

Police said one parent was home at the time and detectives continued to investigate, but said they're treating the incident as an accident.
 
One officer said the tragedy serves as a harsh reminder to all parents about these types of hidden dangers.
 
“Just remember if you have a large TV up, secure it somehow, if you’ve got a child around make sure they’re not climbing up on these tall dressers," said Officer Carl Bischoff.  "These are an accident waiting to happen." he said.
 
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission each year about 43,000 people are injured from TV, or furniture tip-over related accidents.
 
About 60 percent, or more than 25,000 of those accidents involve children.

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