A 2-year-old girl was killed inside a Payless shoe store near Atlanta Friday night when a full-length mirror fell on top of her as she was trying on shoes.
The girl’s father, Moshin Siddique, told WSB-TV Atlanta that his daughter Ifrah Siddique, was trying on shoes at the Payless ShoeSource store in Riverdale, Georgia, when there was a loud crash and his wife screamed out “My daughter!”
A heavy full-length mirror that was affixed the end of a row of shelves somehow came loose and struck the girl, leaving her badly injured in a pool of blood, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Payless employees said they are cooperating with Riverdale police investigating the deadly accident.
“Although the incident appears to be accidental, investigators are continuing to thoroughly cover all aspects of the incident before a final disposition is rendered,” Riverdale police Capt. Nicole Rabel said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
People magazine reported that paramedics found Ifrah in a state of traumatic arrest, a condition in which the heart stops beating because of physical trauma. She was pronounced dead a short time later at Southern Regional Medical Center.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Ifrah Siddique during this time of incredible loss,” Payless said in a statement. “We are devastated by this tragic event and are fully cooperating with authorities to research and understand the nature of this accident.”
Although Payless did not comment on the circumstances of the accident, Riverdale police said the mirror was not secured, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A family relative told CBS News that the mirror was held in place by a single screw.
“We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again, for anybody. We don’t want to see another kid get into something like this,” Aqib Iftkhar, 20, told CBS News.
Mr. Saddique also told WSB-TV that the mirror was held in place by only one or two screws.
“I feel dead, like I am no more,” Ifrah’s father, Mohsin Siddique, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “That was my little girl.” He says right now he wants whoever hung the mirror to be held accountable. “I just want justice for this,” he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.