Boy who threw French child off Tate charged with attempted murder


A six-year-old French boy thrown from a tenth-floor viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern gallery is no longer in a life-threatening condition. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested following the incident on Sunday afternoon and he remains in custody.  He has been charged with attempted murder, police said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on Sunday afternoon.  He did not know the child who he threw over the railings.  The child had wandered two metres away from his mother, when he was snatched.

The victim, a French national who was visiting London with his family, is still in hospital but his condition is no longer life-threatening.  He does have a broken spine, and broken arms and legs.

“The injured boy remains in a stable, but critical condition in hospital with his family, who continue to be supported by officers,” police said in a statement.

They appealed for anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

The contemporary art museum on the banks of the River Thames, Britain’s most popular visitor attraction, was evacuated after the incident on Sunday but reopened on Monday.

However, the Tate said the viewing platform was closed. The boy fell from there onto a fifth floor roof and was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Source: RFI