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Teenager Arrested for Pushing Six-Year-Old Boy Off Tate Modern’s Viewing Platform

A six-year-old boy who was thrown from a tenth-story viewing platform at Tate Modern in London on Sunday, August 4, is in critical but stable condition, the New York Times reports. The authorities arrested a teenager on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident; he remains in police custody. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that they do not believe that he knew the victim.

Emergency personnel were called to the museum around 2:45 PM. They treated the boy, who landed on the building’s fifth-floor rooftop, at the scene before airlifting him to a nearby hospital. Around eight visitors to the Blavatnik building surrounded the alleged seventeen-year-old culprit to prevent him from escaping. While he did not try to resist, he was moved into a bathroom by museum security guards after one bystander punched him in the face.

One woman who was at the museum with her family told the London Times that she noticed the teenager was acting weird and told her kids to stay away from him. He tossed the boy, who was visiting Tate Modern with his mother, over the railing shortly after. As the institution waited for the authorities to arrive, it was under lockdown—no one was allowed to leave, and people were turned away for about ninety minutes.

Following the episode, a museum spokesperson said: “Tate is working closely with the police. All our thoughts are with the child and his family.”

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