Six-week-old baby girl died when her mum accidentally pushed her into an open elevator shaft not realising the lifts carriage wasn’t there.

Little Areej Ali’s mother Aberaqed Al-Rabah, 21, was waiting for the elevator on the 23rd floor at the Sea Rise complex in Coney Island, Brooklyn, around 10.30am on Thursday, New York City police department said, reports Daily Mail.

When the doors opened, she pushed the stroller forward but did not realize the elevator carriage was not there.

The baby and stroller fell to the 17th floor of the building, onto the top of the elevator.

The baby was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Mike, who has lived in the building for five years, said that the elevators regularly didn’t work.

‘This has been going on for years,’ he said.

Britesha Walker, who lives in the building with her partner John and two children, told DailyMail.com she reported problems with the elevators to 311 – the number for elevator complaints – two weeks ago.

She said that sometimes when you pressed for the elevator it wouldn’t come and other times, she had been stuck and had to force the doors open.

She said the superintendent of the building did not take care of the complaints made by residents.

I can’t even begin to imagine. So devastating!

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  • That is shocking that the elevator should’ve been fixed weeks prior to this accident. Terrible that a tragedy needs to occur before something is done


  • This could have happened to anyone including little toddlers who may have run through the open doors not realising the elevator wasn’t there. What at sad turn of events for this young mother.


  • I just got shivers reading this. How very very tragic.


  • How tragic is this ?!!
    Rest in peace little one. My thought and prayers go out to the family.


  • If you live in a tall building the only safe method to go down would normally be the elevator. It would be too dangerous to attempt stairs. It could easily have happened to an entire family. Other residents should boycott paying rent or maintenance fees until it repaired properly and inspected.


  • This was an accident waiting to happen. It’s disgusting that the elevators were not maintained! This poor mother will probably blame herself for the rest of her life now, when it was not the poor mothers fault!


  • the doors shouldn’t open if the lift isn’t there. Someone needs to pay for this negligence. That poor family!!


  • This is really horrifying! Poor baby! Poor mum! :-(


  • that is such a terrible tragedy – how sad for the mother and family


  • Simply tragic. I can’t imagine what that poor mother is going through.


  • What a shocking story,l feel for the poor mum losing her baby.


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