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Family of 2-year-old boy who fell to death from Brooklyn apartment window sues landlord over missing window bars

2019-09-26

Relatives of a 2-year-old boy who died after falling from a sixth-story Brooklyn apartment window say they’ve begged the building’s owners for months to put bars on the window, according to the family’s lawyer.

The father of Lareese Williams, who plunged to his death from his apartment at 760 Eldert Lane in East New York, sued the building’s owner and management company Wednesday, alleging their negligence led to his son’s death Monday morning.

Lareese’s dad, also named Lareese, complained to the building’s owners on Sept. 11, and this past January the boy’s grandmother — who leases the apartment — requested they install railings, family lawyer Lennon Edwards said Wednesday night. They also asked the building’s management fix the window itself, which was defective and didn’t completely close, Edwards said.

“They did nothing,” Edwards said, noting that the family repeatedly requested the repairs over the past several months.

City law requires buildings with three or more apartments have window guards on all windows where a child 10 years old or younger lives.

Lareese’s grandmother told the building’s owners she often takes care of her 13 grandchildren, Edwards said, and both Lareese and his father had been staying in the apartment recently.

Workers instead repaired the window and installed bars Tuesday — a day after Lareese’s death — and even then, the window still pops back open after it’s closed, Edwars said.

“After a tragedy happens, they then send someone to fix it,” he said. “All they needed to do was make the effort one day, one day earlier. The child’s life would have been saved.”

Representatives of the building’s owner Linden Plaza Preservation, and the management company, R.Y. Management, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.