Posted: Oct 23, 2010 3:08 PM by Andrea Babin
Updated: Oct 23, 2010 3:09 PM
PARIS (AP) - A 4-month-old baby died after he and 10 other
people fell from the third-story window of a suburban Paris
apartment building on Saturday, an official said.
The baby had been admitted in serious condition to a Paris
children's hospital after the accident and died there hours later.
The other victims - adults and several children, all of African
origin - were hospitalized with multiple traumas, the judicial
Circumstances surrounding the early-morning incident were
unclear and it wasn't known if the victims jumped on purpose or
were forced to, the official said. There was no emergency, such as
a fire, in the building at the time.
An initial investigation suggested they jumped after one of the
women involved became hysterical and started shouting she'd seen
the devil, the official said. However, French television reports
suggested the tragedy occurred when one of the men living in the
apartment entered a room where the others were watching TV after
taking off all his clothes.
Two men - a 30-year-old and a man who jumped out of the window
holding a 2-year-old - have been taken into police custody, the
judicial official said on condition of anonymity in keeping with
her job's regulations.
The apartment building is located in the Paris suburb of La