Baby boy falls to death from seventh floor flat in Leeds

The baby was pronounced dead in hospital.

A baby boy has died after falling from the seventh floor of a tower block in Leeds.

The one-year-old fell from a window of the flat at Saville Green in the Burmantofts area.

Emergency services were called shortly after 1pm on Saturday.

The boy was taken to hospital, but his death was confirmed a short time later.

West Yorkshire Police are investigating. In a statement, the force said: "At 1.25pm on Saturday, 2 July, police were contacted by the ambulance service who were attending Saville Green in Leeds where a child had fallen from the window of a flat.

Emergency services at the scene on Saville Green.

"The one-year-old boy was taken to hospital for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.

"The incident is being treated as a sudden unexpected death in childhood and we ask that people consider the family and respect their privacy at what is clearly a very difficult time for them."

An air ambulance was called to the tower block.

Leeds City Council said it was assisting with enquiries. A spokesperson said: "We are working closely with our partners at West Yorkshire Police to establish the full circumstances surrounding this very tragic event."We're supporting the family with an urgent transfer into another council property, and we ask that people respect their privacy at what is a very difficult time for them."

Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn said on Twitter: "So sad and awful. All our thoughts are with those grieving for the terrible loss of such a young life."

Local councillor Asghar Khan said in a statement: "We were saddened to hear of the sad and tragic death of a baby in our Burmantofts community, our thoughts are very much with the family at this very sad time."