Girl crushed in tragic Bushwick collapse

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5-year-old Alysson Pinto-Chaumana was killed after a piece of fence fell and hit her on the head in Bushwick.

A stone fence crushed a 5-year-old Bushwick girl to death on Thursday.

Surveillance footage obtained by Brooklyn Paper shows Alysson Pinto-Chaumana outside her Harman Street home near Cyprus Avenue at 8:55 p.m. on Aug. 29, when the waist-high fence guarding the building’s courtyard falls, striking the child square in the head.

The girl’s mother — who was with her at the time — immediately rushes the girl’s limp body away from the shattered fence, footage shows.

Police released a statement on Friday claiming that the girl was pulling on the fence at the time of the collapse.

However, surveillance footage shows the fence toppling without provocation, and the girl was not touching it at the time of the incident.

Warning: This video contains graphic content may be upsetting to some people.

After the girl’s mother flagged down a passing ambulance, and paramedics rushed the girl to Wyckoff Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, cops said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at (718) 260-4505, or email
Updated 3:19 pm, August 31, 2019
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Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Those stone "fences" should be banned. On the 400 block of 63rd Street someone installed railings made of them on their tall stoop -- they fell apart. 3rd Avenue and Senator Street, a shorter railing on steps -- also fell apart. They look like nothing is holding them together but the mortar. It's a miracle something like this hasn't occurred before.
Sept. 1, 2019, 2:10 pm

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