Falling furniture has come up many times. Sometimes it’s just a sad accident, but sometimes you have to scratch your head:
The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn’t immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.
…Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh said **REDACTED** was home alone with the girls and acknowledged he didn’t check on them for 10 to 15 minutes after hearing the crash. The dresser weighed 124 pounds; the girls weighed about 30 pounds each.
…Authorities say **REDACTED** gave police various accounts of what happened, first telling them that he responded to the crash within “seconds” and that he had left the girls alone to play in the room only while he drew them a bath. Later, **REDACTED** acknowledged he had been using the toilet and had waited 10 to 15 minutes to respond.
OK, as a Dad I get that kids can get into trouble faster than you expect, and sometimes that’s when you’re sitting on the throne where all men are created equal. Still the sound of a dresser crashing down, and the likely sounds of kids fatally trapped beneath it strikes me as a sound where you’re willing to forgo the sanctity of your underwear and see what the noise was all about.
The end result was two dead kids, but it wasn’t a “Gun Death”, so look the other way.