Toddler killed by falling bookcase prompts warning for parents

A devastated Victorian family is coming to terms with the tragic death of their bubbly three-year-old, who was killed by a falling bookcase on Monday. The horrific incident has prompted yet another warning for parents to anchor heavy furniture to walls.

The smiling, playful photo of little Blake Shaw sitting atop a slide during a day out at the beach is one of the last images ever taken of the ‘perfect child’. Later that day he was killed at his home at Clear Lake, after a bookcase toppled onto him.

The Herald Sun reports that the little boy was sitting on the floor of the family’s farmhouse when the heavy structure fell, and he hadn’t been trying to climb it.

Tim Shaw and his partner Kirstie explained that they’d moved from the city to regional Victoria for their three boys, including Blake. “The worst thing the kid ever did was smile,’’ Mr Shaw told the Herald Sun.

Blake’s grandmother Dianne had gone on the beach trip to Portland with the family on Monday. “He had a beautiful day — he called me ‘grandma’ for the first time. We are devastated. Just devastated. He was our baby.”

The doting grandma says Blake was ‘adored’ and ‘an angel’.

The bookcase fell on the toddler on Monday evening, with emergency crews trying to revive Blake at about 7.30pm, however he died at the house.

His grandfather Graham Shaw says Blake was the perfect little boy. “He just happened to be sitting on the floor and this thing fell down from the wall. No one was near it. It was just a freak accident. It was just a fluke. It was just a bookshelf with doors on it. I don’t want to look at that thing, so I’m going to knock it apart and burn it.”

Kidsafe Victoria has once again highlighted what parents can do to try and avoid furniture accidents in the home.

“With furniture with shelves, place heavier items on the lower shelves,” Kidsafe general manager Jason Chambers explained to The Age“That sometimes helps make the furniture more stable. The biggest thing parents and carers can do is secure furniture to the wall with brackets or anchors.”

Investigations are continuing.

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