Criminal Proceedings Not Ruled Out In Chiswick Town Hall Tragedy
Investigation into baby's death could be forwarded to Crown Prosecution Service
The inquest into the tragic accident that took the life of baby Tommy last week has heard that criminal proceedings have not been ruled out.
The little boy was struck by a lamppost that fell onto his buggy on Tuesday 23rd February outside Chiswick Town Hall.
he was taken to hospital where he died on Thursday 25th February, a day before what would have been his first birthday.
Detective Inspector Sheila Stewart from the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime squad said that it was "still too early in the investigation to say if a report of the death would be forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service".
She told the inquest, "On the morning of February 23, a lamppost collapsed and struck a female pushing her grandchild. The same lamppost struck Tommy on the head - he was being pushed by a nanny employed by Tommy's parents."
The inquest was adjourned and will be reopened at a date which is yet to be set.
Tommy's parents issued a statement on Friday 26th February saying, "It is with very sad hearts that we confirm the tragic death of Tommy Hollis who would have celebrated his first birthday today.
"The family is utterly devastated by the loss and thanks the community and friends for their love and prayers and request that their privacy is respected and upheld.
'We would like to thank in particular the emergency services, London Air Ambulance, police and hospital staff for the care and kindness we received.'
A book of condolence has been opened at Chiswick Town Hall.
Cllr Peter Thompson, local councillor for Turnham Green and leader of the council, said, " We are continuing to cooperate with the Police and Health & Safety Executive investigation.”
March 2, 2010