An inquest into the death of a toddler who was killed after a heavy fire surround fell on top of him has been told by the child's grandmother that she has no idea how or why the tragedy happened.
Two-year-old Malaki Leo Boadu-Hughes was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital but died of a traumatic rupture to the heart.
A brief inquest into the youngster’s death at Ruthin County Hall this morning heard Malaki was at his grandmother Carol Hughes’ house in Salisbury Avenue in Saltney when tragedy struck on September 12 last year.
The Daily Post reports she said she left Malaki, who lived in Beechwood Road in Saltney, on the sofa eating an apple but, while she was upstairs, she heard an “almighty crash”.
“I immediately went into a panic and flew down the stairs and saw Malaki on the floor with the fire surround on top of him,” she said.
“I wouldn’t normally be able to move it, but seeing Malaki like that I was able to pull it off him. He was not responding.
“I don’t know how or why it was able to happen.”
Mrs Hughes said her husband Paul ran to the house of a neighbour who was a nurse, but she wasn’t home.
They dialled 999 and Paul began resuscitation attempts until paramedics arrived and took over.
Malaki was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9.34am.
He was identified by his mother Natasha Hughes.
A postmortem carried out by Dr Mark Lord gave a cause of death as traumatic rupture of the heart as a result of a major crush injury.
John Gittins, coroner for North Wales east and central, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
Speaking at the time, Saltney town councillor Shelly Streeter said the incident was a “terrible tragedy”.
Locals rallied round to raise thousands of pounds to support the family.