Toddler Crushed By Falling TV Dies

By Pamela McLoughlin, New Haven Register, Conn.

Aug. 3–WEST HAVEN — A 2-year-old girl has died from injuries sustained when she pulled a large television down on top of herself while staying overnight at a family friend’s house.

Janiyah Powe-Santiago, who has been in grave condition since the July 25 accident, died Friday afternoon, said family friend Crystal Webber. The accident happened in Webber’s house.

The girl is an organ donor and the family was working with the hospital on the process of organ donation, although details weren’t available Saturday.

“The mother is very courageous. This has been very draining for the family,” Webber said Saturday of Sylvia Santiago of New Haven, who said last week she was praying for a miracle, but didn’t expect she would be bringing the child home. “She’s going to work very hard on the issue of organ donation.”

Santiago, 21, has said she is determined to publicize the story of her daughter’s tragic accident in the hope of preventing other families from going through the same suffering she is enduring.

Santiago and her daughter were staying overnight July 25 at the Arlington Street home of Webber. Santiago is close friends with Webber’s daughter, and Janiyah is close friends with Webber’s 2-year-old granddaughter.

Early Saturday morning, everyone in the house awoke to a boom and soon found Janiyah trapped underneath a large television that she apparently pulled down on top of her from a small table.


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