Girl, 3, Killed by Falling TV

Death is second similar incident within two weeks

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 5:42 PM CDT
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Shaniya Singleton's great grandmother said the 3-year-old was a happy, active child who wanted to be ballerina.

Shaniya Singleton's great grandmother said the 3-year-old was a happy, active child who wanted to be ballerina.

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A Hamilton Park toddler described as a "beautiful little girl" died Tuesday evening after a television fell on her head. It is the second such death in the last 10 days.

Shaniya Singleton, 3, was playing with other children when the tube TV set fell on her in the family home on the 7800 block of South Union Avenue.

"The kids was running around playing, and the 5-year-old said 'Shinaya ran into the television,'" explained Johnnie Sibley, the girl's great-grandmother. "The whole television was on top of her."

Authorities said the TV landed on her head.

Police are calling the death accidental, but the Department of Child and Family Services is looking into the incident as a precaution.

"She was a happy child, active. She loved to dance. She wanted to be a ballerina," said Sibley.

On Oct. 30, 6-year-old Karl Clermont died when a TV fell on his head at his home in the 1700 block of Portsmith Lane in Arlington Heights. His death was also ruled an accident.

Experts said the incidents could be prevented by strapping or bolting television sets to the wall or their television stands. 

Shaniya Singleton

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