The grief-stricken parents of a Western Australian toddler killed by a falling chest of drawers have begged other mums and dads to check their furniture.
Reef Kite’s mum Skye says her toddler was cheeky, smart and full of life – a typical 21-month-old. On Tuesday this week she went to check on Reef during a nap, and found him crushed under a chest of drawers.
“I pulled him out and I thought, ‘dear God, please don’t be dead,” she told Seven News, in a heartwrenching interview.
“He was still warm and I just walked down that driveway thinking, ‘he’s not gone, he’s not gone.
“I just want my baby back in my arms where he should be.”
Reef’s father Jason now wants to warn other parents of the dangers of not securing furniture to walls.
“Go around your house, have a look, just think outside the box and think what could happen,” Mr Kite says.
“If they can pull it down, bolt it back. If this message has the chance of saving one kid’s life it’s worth it.”
A gofundme page has been created to raise money for the family, with Reef’s aunt Dee Quartermaine writing, “Thank you to everyone who has and is donating. It means a lot to our family to see the support flooding in. We are going to hurt for a long time. My dearest nephew Reef is going to missed by a lot of people. He was our big blue eyed boy.”
Authorities have not revealed what type of drawers were involved in the incident. Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
Swedish retail giant Ikea released a worldwide safety alert in July this year relating to it popular MALM drawers, after two toddlers were killed in similar accidents. Customers were urged to pick up free anchoring kit instore, to secure drawers the walls to prevent them toppling over.
For more information on securing furniture in your home, head to Kidsafe.
(via The West Australian)