Child pushed from Tate Modern: a teenager charged with attempted murder
A 17-year-old suspected to have pushed a 6-year-old French tourist from a 10-storey viewing platform at the Tate Modern Museum of Modern Art in London has been charged with attempted murder, the police said on Tuesday. British police.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in Bromley Children’s Court in south-east London on Tuesday, police said in a statement. His name was not revealed because he is a minor.
The six-year-old boy, who was visiting London with his family, was seriously injured. He is in a “critical state”, but “stable”, according to the same source.
After being pushed, he fell on Sunday afternoon on a roof of the fifth floor of the museum, and was rescued and transported by helicopter to the hospital.
The suspect was arrested on the spot. He did not know the victim, according to police, who said Monday treat the incident as “an isolated event, without clear or apparent motive”.
A call for witnesses has been launched.
Nancy Barnfield, a 47-year-old woman on the same floor, remembers hearing a “loud” sound from the fall of the child, then a woman screaming, “Where is my son?” PA press.
There was shouting, and a woman was shaking and “crying desperately,” Olga Malchevska, a BBC journalist at the museum with her four-year-old son, said.
Members of the public then surrounded the alleged perpetrator and detained him until the police arrived, said Nancy Barnfield, who appeared to be calm.
The Tate Modern, a museum of modern art on the banks of the Thames and one of the most visited tourist spots in the UK, was closed immediately after the tragedy. It reopened Monday, with the exception of the observation platform, located in an extension added in 2016 to the building, an old power station.