4-Year-Old Girl Killed By Falling TV

Updated 1/16/2012 at 8:45 p.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — For a third time since October, a Chicago-area child has been killed by a falling TV.

Four-year-old Gianna Hadjis was killed at a home in the 600 block of  Sullivan Lane in University Park, after a television fell on her head Sunday afternoon.

Gianna was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 2:54 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

“The worst was holding my little girl in my arms, cold as ice,” Adam Hadjis of Iowa, who shared custody of the preschooler, told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov Monday. “Words can’t explain the thoughts and emotions that were running through my mind.”

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Police said it appeared an older box-style television accidentally toppled and fell on the girl’s head. It fractured her skull and caused fatal injuries. The accident occurred as Gianna and her mother, Yahira Jones, were at a friend’s home. Jones said her daughter was out of her sight for a matter of seconds.

“I would never (have) thought in a million years that I would lose my baby, especially like this,” she told reporters.

It was the third such death in the Chicago area since October.

Last fall, a 6-year-old boy from Arlington Heights and a 3-year-old Chicago girl died the same way.

Dr. Karen Sheehan, medical director of the injury prevention and research center at Children’s Memorial Hospital, said parents need to secure unstable televisions and other furniture pieces.

“You can buy straps to help secure the TV better or get a stand that’s made for a TV,” she said. “But if you can’t find a stand for the TV, sometimes it might be safer on the floor.”

Most of the accidents involve older, heavier TV sets. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 245 children under the age of 8 were killed when they were crushed by falling TVs or other furniture between 2000 and 2010.

“Precaution, precaution, precaution,” Jones said. “Make sure, since children are so busy and so active … You have to be careful.”

  • Splat

    We need a TV Czar! With new rules and inspectors that can inspect and fine negligent parents. Somebody alert JoMama Odrama Obama. He can fix this! Or, maybe Michelle…

    • Hoth Industries

      The FCC should have mandated the use of flat screen TVs when broadcast television went all digital… then fatal accidents such as this one would have never happened. Vouchers for flat screen TVs? Why not?

    • Kaz

      No Czar required. It is time to BAN TV’s.

      • Spanky

        …and large wall art!

  • Rupert Pupkin

    You cannot leave 4 year old children unattended, not even for a second. The kid was probably trying to change the channels, not knowing how to use the remote. When I say you can’t leave them unattended, that means you can’t even leave them alone in a room while you’re in another room. It is a lot of hard work, having small children, not everyone is up for it, which is why this happens to some kids, not even to mention the accidents that can happen when your standing right there.

    • dydx

      I echo a lot of people here. “You cannot leave 4 year old children unattended, not even for a second” is a really inane statement.

      More accurate from Rupert Pupkin and his ilk is “You cannot leave my 4 year child unattend, not even for a second.” His helipcopter parenting requires never-ending vigilance from the sharp pointy things and hard edges of this world. Even bubble wrapping his environment is not enough for the likes of him. In the guise of good and concerned parenting he overprotects…not realizing he’s teaching his kid to not be self-reliant and to not be trustworthy of handling many aspects of childhood.

      My kids? Well, my children at 4 were cutting apples and carrots. At five they were handling a power drill. My thirteen year old changed my rear brakes a few months ago. Rupert’s kids? Well, they were inside wearing footballl helmets and safety goggles as they were microwaving popcorn. They don asbestos gloves when they open up the bag. Pathetic.

    • TK

      that only seems to be the case in this country. In japan 4yr olds are very mature and even ride the subways alone with less problems than their american teen counterparts. Way to go USA for creating such a dependent society, and its just getting worse.

      • freecheese

        Betcha’ they were painted with lead-based paint ! We need a federal program for this scourge.
        Where’s Jesse & Al when they’re REALLY needed?

    • james pog

      You absolutely have got to be kidding me. Wow, what a nation is scares mice. When I was 4, I was outside playing with friends, over a mile away from my house. You can’t leave FOUR YEAR OLDS alone in the NEXT ROOM????!!! That is the most ridiculous alarmist statement I’ve ever seen. Our children are doomed.

      • Jim in Frankfort

        Hmm, maybe this is the next round of cash for clunkers … trade in your old 300 lb. tube tv for an LCD TV!!!

      • Scudbuster

        Remember riding in cars that didn’t have seatbelts?

      • Ivon Prescott

        don’t forget those older cars had metal dashboards as well!, and we used to stand up in the car, even as toddlers – hey, we’re still around… we’re making safer products but stupider people

      • Hans

        Charles Darwin at work….

    • TJ

      Your child will be working for my child someday, assuming you are able to get your child a job. Judging by your post your child will not be capable of getting their own job.

      • james pog

        I wouldn’t want his child working for my child.

    • Annoymus

      Steve, you are a very sick person along with the many of you who probably have no children nor an education. I know the grandmother of this child and this child was beautiful and well mannered. ACCIDENTS happen to the good in the world. for those who feel the need to comment and blame the partents….shame on you and may you all rot in hell.

    • Travis Bickle

      Not true. You need to provide a safe environment for your child.

  • Ghostsouls

    This sounds like a legal way to get rid of unwanted children.

    • GUMBY


  • Dr Mikey

    Tlelevisions must be outlawed then

    • Steve

      Need to outlaw all TV’s that have more than 10 channels. Those high capacity TV’s are killing too many people on their own.

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  • Joe ThePimpernel

    We need a government program to give free 55″ HDTVs to “the poor.”

    For the children.

    • Red Burton

      There you go, Joe. I was following the thread and waiting for that one. We’re already giving out subsidized housing, free cell phones, and free laptops with free internet. Can large sized, flat screen TV’s be far away? It’s for the Children!!

  • hhh

    hey obama,,how about a tv czar,,,

  • Truth Doctor

    Maybe Comrade Obama will create a new czar to help with this problem.

  • TeaRunner

    Yes, we need national legislation because Chicago is the shallow end of the US gene pool.

  • steve

    And smoking has been banned in all bars, where only adults can attend, despite nobody every dying from second hand smoke. FourLoko was banned for fewer deaths of LEGAL ADULTS. Libs, you know what you have to do!

    • Mara

      LOL! Yeah, cuz it’s ALWAYS the liberals killing everyone elses fun. You’d never see a conservative calling for a ban on fun stuff, like sex toys, alcohol, wild herbs, and such. Because everyone knows that Republicans trust people to make their *own* decisions and would *never* try to legislate private, moral beliefs….BWAAAHAHAHA!!! Sorry. Couldn’t type all that and still keep a straight face…

      • Citizen

        That’s funny I type with my fingers… no wonder your face hurts.

      • thussaiththewalrus

        Mara: It’s true! Try typing with your fingers. And, try reading with your eyes. And, try thinking with your brain!

        These simple changes will open WORLDS for you!!

      • Bob

        The diference, Mara, is that the Republicans *try* but the Democrats succeed.

      • Mara

        Heh. Reading comprehension…it’s not just for school children anymore (nor should it be, if “Citizen’s” comment is any indication)

  • mainerinexile

    Was this caused by Global Warming??? Or, is the Republican Party and/or the Tea Party to blame? I really need an answer here….

    • thussaiththewalrus

      None of the above; it’s ALL George Bush’s fault!

      Geesh, you really have to commit some things to memory! Everything is George Bush’s fault; just ask Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and Jeremiah Wright!

      They KNOW!

      • Spanky

        Surely the libunatics can spread some blame onto Reagan, the Tea Party, the Founding Fathers, Lincoln, etc..

      • Ivon Prescott

        LOQ (laughing out quietly – i’m at work!)

  • Diego Roswell

    Well obviously we need federal regulations outlawing televisions in households with small children, obviously.

  • Sensationalism

    Enough is enough!!!
    Install the government security camera inside every home.
    Tax payers will cover this.

    Sad that less than 1/2 a child per state per year can die this way.

  • Eric Gregori

    TV manufactures are obviously racists because this seems to effect only minority families. Where is the ACLU?

  • tim

    They should make a law again anyone with TV having childern, they could get killed.

  • Joe Hawke

    Where were the parent(s) when this happened?

    • Cathy Frenette

      I don’t know but I am sure this would never have happened in a good christian Republican family

    • Edmund Strange

      Out at the Riverboat Casino gambling away their SSI/SSD and/or welfare check. The rest of it went to provide KFC or Popeye’s chicken buckets, Colt-45 Malt Liquor and Powerball Lottery tickets.

  • Mad Mych

    New rule.. if you have a child and an old tv, you are to replace it with a brand new flat panel. If you cannot afford a flat panel, one will be provided at the tax payers expense

  • Kelly

    When my daughter was younger I stupidly put an older tv on top of an armoire. One day she decided to climb the armoire and the entire thing came over, the doors swung open as it fell creating a perfect space for her. That saved her from getting crushed by the tv and the furniture. My blood still runs cold at the thought of what my own stupidity could have caused.

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  • P.M. Louiestan Mz.

    I am waiting for someone to say these chinese made TV deathboxes tipping over are all park of some kind of a huge jewish conspiracy to kill black kids….

    • Robert Byrd

      You mean it’s not?!?

  • Vilburr

    Coming soon.. mandatory anti-tip brackets on all TVS. “Free” (taxpayer paid for) vouchers for retrofit kits for old TV’s. Meanwhile TV manufacturers get sued by the oh so caring trial lawyers. All for the children you know.

  • snap

    Why would people in Chicago put their tvs on the window sill?
    Honestly, Chicago is a perfectly dreadful city, tv’s falling onto sidewalks, bodies piling up in the morgue. Rahm seems to have brought the place down a peg – and who would have believed that to be possible….

    • O.H. Snap

      You put the TeeVee on the window sill so that when Tyrone or Bubba comes to steal it your window just get broken-in and they don’t take anything else. The truly advanced urban city-dweller places a sheet of plywood in the window frame on hinges so they don’t has to clean break’n glass off of da floor. Happy MLK Day Y’all!

  • Disgusted

    I can’t believe you people. A child died here and all of you are making unfeeling, smart-alec comments. You all barely have the mentality of a 4 year old yourselves.
    My kids are just about grown up, and I had to tie everything down when they were little to stop them from hurting themselves. This is a tragedy, so show a little empathy, or don’t write anything at all. YOU are what is wrong with this world. A population of juvenile, brainwashed, desensitized robots. Grow up.

    • The Clintidote

      Look at the upside – perhaps the taxpayers have been spared three more welfare thugs. Idiot parents breed idiot kids and all steal from taxpayers.

      I bet this TV gets stolen before it’s brought to justice.

  • Conservative View

    Where was a parent?
    Where is the TV Czar? Maybe Obama’s lacky Mayor buddy can create a position, or simply outlaw TVs unless they are behind bars. Yea, kinda like what they do in the Cook County lockup.
    I wonder how many lawyers are chasing her parents, so they can sue the Television manufacturer.

  • Paolo

    TV’s don’t kill people, stupid people kill people. I wonder what the criminal democrat government is going to do to protect the stupid from themselves this time?

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