Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Girl, nine, fell 15 floors to death

A general view of the Sandall House tower block in Bow, east London
A general view of the Sandall House tower block in Bow, east London

A hospital scan has been carried out on the body of a schoolgirl who died after falling 15 floors from her tower block home in east London.

Eight-year-old Leanne Minick was reportedly leaning out of a window to talk to a friend on the ground below when she lost her balance and fell.

Emergency services were alerted when a passer-by saw her lying injured on the pavement outside Sandall House in Daling Way, Bow.

Leanne's mother, Clare Sicberras, and her partner, Ian Whitmore, are thought to have rushed to the youngster's side before she was taken to hospital by air ambulance on Saturday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at an east London hospital less than an hour later.

The scan was done at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, ahead of an inquest due to open at Poplar Coroner's Court on Thursday.

The scan had not established a formal cause of death, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Police have launched an investigation into the death, which they are treating as unexplained, but no arrests have been made.

Floral tributes, balloons and toys have been left in Leanne's memory at the tower block. A message attached to one bouquet read: "Rest in peace Leanne! Sleeping with the angels now."

Ms Sicberras and Mr Whitmore have paid tribute to her on social networking site Facebook by changing their profile pictures to show her image.

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