Toddler injured when TV & dresser fall on him

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A TV and dresser fell and critically injured a 2-year-old boy Saturday in an apartment complex near the border of St. Johns and Duval counties.

The boy, identified as Robert Dinero Rinders in a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office incident report, was taken to UF Health on Saturday in critical condition. As of Monday afternoon, he was in stable condition, according to UF Health.

The incident happened at the Century Bartram Springs Apartments just off of Race Track Road.

The toddler was climbing on a dresser and pulled a heavy TV and the dresser down on top of him. According to a JSO Incident Report, the TV was on his head and the dresser was on his body. Before the dresser fell, his mother told JSO she tried to catch it.

When his mother picked up the TV and dresser, the boy seemed fine but then became unresponsive, the report detailed. The mother could not find her phone and then began banging on other apartment doors to get someone to call 911.

No foul play is suspected, but the JSO is conducting an investigation. John Harrell of the Florida Department of Children and Families said the agency is also investigating.

"In a situation like this, when you talk about the mother saying that she put her foot out to try to stop the fall, that's an important factor in the investigation," Harrell said.

Harrell also said other children were in the home at the time of the incident. DCF wants to find out more about the living situation the children were in. The other children are staying with relatives presently.

DCF also wants to remind parents to supervise children carefully and keep heavy objects out of the way, Harrell said.

Safe Kids of Northeast Florida says nationally once every three weeks, a child is killed from a television that tips over.

"It happens very frequently. It has happened several times in our community," said Cynthia Dennis, who coordinates Safe Kids' prevention for the organization.

"What Safe Kids recommends is that you don't put a tv on a tall piece of furniture," said Dennis, who noted there are straps that can be purchased that secure a television to the wall. Those straps can be purchased for around $15.

Every year, 13,000 children are injured from televisions that fall over, Safe Kids reports.


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