Probe into Sheffield flats fall to be complex

3 year old Ryaheen Banimuslem fell from fourth floor balcony and died from her injuries
3 year old Ryaheen Banimuslem fell from fourth floor balcony and died from her injuries
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AN INQUEST has opened into the death of a toddler who fell from a fourth floor balcony at a Sheffield flats.

Little Ryaheen Banimuslem, two, plunged about 60ft from the communal balcony at Wicker Riverside apartments, on North Bank off The Wicker.

A Sheffield inquest yesterday heard emergency services attended the building last Wednesday, June 27.

Ryaheen, who was born in the Babylon province of Iraq, was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where she died later the same day.

Police, with the Health and Safety Executive, are still investigating the incident.

Coroner Christopher Dorries, who read from reports during the short hearing, said: “I await further information from the police in due course.

“This is plainly a complex inquiry and I will be given further papers.”

Mr Dorries also formally offered his condolences to Ryaheen’s family and adjourned the inquest for a date to be fixed.

Probes into the death are continuing.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said it was likely to be a ‘protracted inquiry’.

She added: “Officers will be making very close investigations and liaising with police.”

South Yorkshire Police said it was working with the HSE ‘but the investigation is in its early stages’.

A spokesman added: “The police are assisting the coroner and providing help and support for the family at this difficult time.”

Last week officers were seen examining the scene where the toddler fell and photographing the balcony.

Tributes were also left at the flats’ entrance.