Teen charged with attempted murder of child at London museum

Teen charged with attempted murder of child at London museum

Teen charged with attempted murder of child at London museum

A teenager has been arrested after allegedly throwing a six-year-old boy from a tenth-floor viewing platform of London's Tate Modern gallery.

The child, who is in a stable but critical condition, had plummeted five storeys after allegedly being thrown from the 10th-floor viewing platform.

A police spokesman said there was "nothing to suggest [the suspect] is known to the victim".

Investigators are appealing to the public for help and are asking for any witnesses who did not already speak to the authorities to come forward.

The teenager had appeared before Bromley Youth Court at 10.00am today (Tuesday 6 August).

The public viewing area encircles the top level of a 2016 addition to the Tate Modern that is 64.5 meters (211 feet) in height.

Police sad the six-year-old was thrown from a viewing platform.

Eyewitness Stuart Haggas said he saw emergency crews moving along the roof between the gallery's Turbine Hall and its recent extension. "We walked away from him then immediately when he was out of sight a woman was screaming "My son, my son" and people were grabbing him". "We await an update on his condition", the Metropolitan Police said in the statement, posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

DCI John Massey said they are providing "around the clock support to the little boy's family".

Tate Modern, Britain's leading gallery of modern art, sits on the south bank of the River Thames and was visited by nearly 6 million people past year.

The gallery was bustling with visitors at the time of the incident.

"There were some disagreements amongst visitors who were beginning to get restless after security informed us an incident had taken place", he said.

One woman at the scene said: "I'm trapped in Tate Modern (someone's had an accident and they're just containing the situation til the Air Ambulance leaves)". "All our thoughts are with the child and his family".

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