Baby dies after six-story fall in Coney Island elevator

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A 6-week-old girl plummeted to her death in Coney Island after her mother accidentally pushed the child’s stroller down an elevator shaft on Oct. 13.

The mom was waiting for the lift with daughter Areej Ali at 11:45 am on the 23rd floor of a building at the corner of Neptune Avenue and W. 33rd Street, police said.

The doors opened, and the 21-year-old mother, who was also hurt in the fall, pushed the stroller in without realizing that the doors had opened onto an empty shaft, said authorities.

She and the baby fell six stories and landed on the roof of the elevator, officials said. Paramedics took the child to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing, and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, said police.

Residents have complained to the city about broken elevators in the building several times since January, and the city has issued more than 20 violations against the building since the year began, city data shows.

The most recent elevator inspection was in August and discovered a defect, according to Department of Building records.

The building is managed by Grenadier Realty Corporation, but no one answered the phone at the number listed.

— with Georgine Benvenuto

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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