Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A five-year-old girl has died after a statue of Jesus Christ fell on her head in a Colombian park.
The incident took place in a park in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla on 30th May.
According to local sources, the statue depicting the devotion to the ‘Most Sacred Heart of Jesus’, predominantly used in the Catholic Church, fell on top of the five-year-old Venezuelan girl’s head, fatally injuring her.
The girl went to the park with her family and was playing with her two brothers next to the statue when it toppled on top of her.
She was taken to hospital, but she had succumbed to traumatic brain injury by the time she was admitted.
The victim’s mother, Genesis Rojas, was at a nearby shop with her husband when they saw the tragedy unfold.
She told Caracol Radio: “The statue fell on her head and immediately left her lifeless. We took her to hospital, but they told me she had no vital signs.”
The statue had reportedly been in the park for six months and was made from plaster. According to community leader Rafael Vaca, it is a mystery who erected it there.
He told Caracol Radio: “The figure wasn’t fixed in place, it had only been placed there, and this tragedy regrettably took place.”
The victim’s family comes from Venezuela and is said to be poor. At the time of reporting, the family requires financial support for the funeral service.
Vaca said: “Her husband lives day-to-day and she is a housewife. They have two more children, aged 4 and 7, and they do not have the means with which to pay their last respects to the child.”
Meanwhile, the local authorities are investigating the incident.