LONDON—A British youth court on Tuesday, Aug. 6, ordered a teenager be held on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a 10th-floor viewing gallery at London’s Tate Modern museum.
The 17-year-old boy appeared at Bromley Youth Court and spoke to confirm his name, address, date of birth and British nationality. He cannot be named for legal reasons.
The child, a French national, was airlifted to a hospital after plummeting five stories to a roof in the incident, which took place Sunday afternoon when the popular gallery was packed with visitors.
#Tatemodern Security says the child was taken to the hospital by this helicopter-after falling down from height.I saw a woman running to the balcony on 10floor&crying around 2:45pm,then all visitors got locked in the building till around 4:08pm. Hope the child will get well! pic.twitter.com/WQlPQjCp67
— Olga Malchevska (@Yollika) August 4, 2019
Prosecutor Sian Morgan told the court that the boy was visiting the gallery with his family and fell around 100 feet.
“(The) victim had gone to the Tate with his family that day and were looking over the side of the 10th-floor viewing platform enjoying the view,” Morgan told the court.
The boy then “walked a few feet away from his mother” when the defendant allegedly “picked him up and threw him extremely swiftly and in one movement.”
The 6-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition after suffering a sustained bleed on his brain and fractures to his spine, legs and arms.
Morgan told the court his life was likely saved, because of the way the roof floor slants.
Police say the suspect and the victim had no connection. Detective Chief Superintendent John Massey said this was a “truly shocking incident” that was treated as an isolated event “with no distinct or apparent motive.”
On Monday, London’s Metropolitan Police said on Twitter: “The six-year-old boy’s condition remains the same and officers are supporting his family. The male arrested is still in custody.”
Officers continue to work hard to establish the circumstances of yesterday’s incident.
The six-year-old boy’s condition remains the same and officers are supporting his family.
The male arrested is still in custody. https://t.co/GeMuS54I30
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 5, 2019
The suspect will be held in youth detention accommodation and is scheduled to appear in London’s central criminal court on Thursday. The defense didn’t make a statement during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing.
Tate Modern, Britain’s leading gallery of modern art, sits on the south bank of the River Thames and was visited by almost 6 million people last year.
According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, it was the most visited tourist attraction in the United Kingdom in 2018.
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In news related to tragic falls, the 5-year-old boy who was hurled from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America on April 12 has exited intensive care, his family said in an update.
Aranda, 24, pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to 19 years in prison on June 3.
In an update last week, Landen’s family said the boy has been moved out of intensive care.
PRAYERS FOR LANDEN: The parents of a 5-year-old Landen Hoffman, who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in April, said Tuesday that their son remains in intensive care due to severe complications from the attack. https://t.co/zcdJgILOxW
— Eyewitness News WTVO/WQRF (@MyStateline) June 26, 2019
“The Lord is good, and we are thankful. We are happy to report that our son is no longer in intensive care and has been moved to an inpatient, physical rehab program at another hospital to help him continue to heal and focus on the next phase of his recovery,” the family said in a statement, which was shared by a friend on a GoFundMe fundraising page on Aug. 1.
“There is hard work ahead! And, our beautiful boy has endured much already, but he is strong and his spirit remains vibrant,” the family added. “We continue to be eternally grateful for every prayer, every act of kindness and the love this world has show[n] us throughout this journey. Thank You.”
The CNN Wire and NTD reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.