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West Covina girl dies when TV falls on her

A 6-year-old West Covina girl died after a 32-inch TV fell on her, police said today.

Jasmine Starr Ilgenfritz was playing with her 1- and 3-year-old siblings Saturday morning when the TV accidentally dislodged from the living-room table it was on, said Lt. David Rozeboom of the West Covina Police Department.

She died later at a nearby hospital, said Lt. Joe Bale of the L.A. County coroner's office.

There were no adult witnesses; the children were being supervised by a grandparent who was in the next room and did not see the accident, Rozeboom said. No one else was injured.

-- Baxter Holmes

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Shouldn't large screen TVs be secured with earthquake straps?

They should be...but you know how it is...not everyone thinks through safety in the same way.

When its your time to go, its your time to go. 32 inch TV is not even that big.

that's why wall mounting, although expensive, is the way to go with these larger TV's


Good point. With today's TV's stylishly slim base platforms, there is good potential for one to tip forward when something like a child tumbling into a table would create a huge hazard from the TV above. If you love your children, assess the hazards in the home, and secure items as if a quake was coming.

A 32-inch flat-screen TV doesn't weigh enough to kill a six year old girl. They are about 19 pounds, and all 19 pounds aren't striking her in one place. This was likely a 32-inch TV with a tube, typically 110 pounds or so, which are notoriously front-heavy and a bit easy to tip over if it overhangs the front of the table or stand they are resting upon.


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