ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (WKBN) — Two Pennsylvania sisters, two-year-old Brooklyn and three-year-old Ryely Beatty, were killed by a dresser earlier this month and now injury prevention experts are speaking out.
Both of the children’s parents have now been charged following their deaths.
“He left the room and approximately ten minute later, he heard a crash. He didn’t respond to that for another 20 or so minutes,” said Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh.
Injury Prevention Coalition Coordinator Gia Ramsey said that parents need to remember that simple steps may be the difference between life and death.
“Get down on their level and see what may be an interest to a child,” said Ramsey.
Furniture tip-overs are common. In fact, every three weeks a child dies from tip-overs. Seven out of 10 children injured are under the age of five.
To keep children safe, Ramsey suggested wall mounts or harnesses for furniture.
“When you’re looking at harnesses, you want to use the one that is the proper weight for your TV or dresser,” said Ramsey.
The most recent statistics show more than 12,000 children were recently injured by tip-overs. That’s a 31 percent increase in the last decade.
“Let me be perfectly clear: This case is a perfect example, to use a phrase in another context, children should not be left behind, and that’s what happened in this case,” said Berosh.
Officials indicated that if parents responded faster in the Pennsylvania case, these sisters may still be alive.