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Willmar boy tragically killed by falling television

A family in Willmar is mourning after a 6-year-old boy was tragically killed when a TV fell on him.
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A family in Willmar is mourning after a 6-year-old boy was tragically killed by a falling television.

Willmar police said the old-style television, weighing more than 190 pounds, fell from its stand and struck the boy in the head on Thursday night.

The boy has been identified as Julian Demarce, who died after being taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar.

Police are investigating the incident, but say there doesn't appear to be any signs of foul play or neglect.

Falling TVs deadly for children

Children are at real risk from falling televisions, with the Consumer Technology Association reporting in 2015 that a child is injured every 45 minutes and one dies every three weeks from a TV tip-over.

The Washington Post reports that an average of 11,000 children were treated for TV-related injuries each year between 2011 and 2013, and between 2000 and 2013, there were 279 deaths caused by falling TVs or furniture.

Young children under the age of five account for about 70 percent of injuries, the CTA says.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has the following tips to improve child safety around TVs.

  • Avoid placing toys or remotes on top of the TV.
  • Create a restricted play area around the television.
  • Use a proper TV stand or console; don’t place it on top of a high piece of furniture.
  • Position the TV back from the edge of where it’s placed.
  • Attach the TV to the wall to prevent it from falling.

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