An 8-year-old boy in Florida died in a television tip-over accident in his room, when a heavy TV toppled and fell on him, causing serious injuries.
Christian Dozier is described by neighbors as a “sweet little boy,” and his mother said he loved spending time with siblings and enjoyed playing sports. Early Friday morning, according to his parents, Christian had been kicking the TV stand in his room when a large box-style TV tipped over on top of him. Police arrived and found him unresponsive.
Christian was rushed to the nearest hospital and later died of his injuries.
“It’s horrible, especially when you know your grandchild plays with them,” said neighbor Regina Williams. “It’s horrible anytime something happens to a kid. So when I [saw] the crime scene tape, the last thing I thought is that it’d be one of the children.”
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) are currently investigating the home to determine whether it is safe for the other three children who live there. No one, however, has been charged.
“We are absolutely devastated for this family and our hearts go out to all those who cared for this child,” said the DCF in a statement. “The department has opened a child protective investigation regarding this terrible tragedy and we will assist law enforcement in any way appropriate.”
What happened to Christian, personal injury attorney Galen Bauer told Action News Jax, is fairly common.
“The most recent statistics show every 30 minutes, a child in the U.S. is injured from tipping furniture or a television,” Bauer added.
Between 1998 and 2007, U.S. hospitals reported 42,000 injuries by TVs toppling over, according to Reuters.