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Falling branch kills baby in NYC's Central Park

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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What the hell?  Pay no attention to the animals, but watch out for the trees!

NEW YORK — A 6-month-old baby was killed Saturday and her mother injured by a falling tree branch at New York's Central Park Zoo.

Police said the 33-year-old New Jersey woman was posing with her baby in front of the sea lion exhibit and her husband was taking their picture when the branch fell.

The woman and infant were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the baby was pronounced dead. The mother was listed in stable condition.

Police identified the baby as Gianna Ricciutti of Union City, N.J.

Max Pulsinelli, a spokesman for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, said he could not comment on the accident beyond what the police had said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," he said.

It's the second fatality caused by a tree branch this year at Central Park.

A 46-year-old man died in February when a branch heavy from snow fell and hit him.

In July 2009, a Google engineer was knocked unconscious after being hit on the head by a rotted tree branch at the park.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20100627/US.Tree.Kills.Baby/

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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tericared
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:30 AM

 Looks like the trees should be inspected...

Joqui
by Joqui on Jun. 27, 2010 at 12:36 AM

terrible... terrible.. I cannot imagine being in their shoes right now... such a sad story :(

fnpdocgrrl
by Boudica on Jun. 27, 2010 at 2:44 AM

sad

Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I need to see this branch. 

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