August 4, 2019 / 4:57 PM / 3 months ago

Six-yr-old boy critical after being thrown from 10th floor of London's Tate Modern

FILE PHOTO: The view from a new viewing platform during the unveiling of the New Tate Modern in London, Britain, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - A six-year-old French boy who was thrown from a 10th floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery in central London is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, police said on Monday.

The boy was reportedly thrown from the viewing platform on Sunday afternoon and was found on a fifth floor roof, police said.

He was rushed to hospital by helicopter. His mother was heard by witnesses screaming: “Where’s my son? Where’s my son?”.

Police said the injured boy, a French national who was visiting London, remained in a critical but stable condition.

“Officers continue to work hard to establish the circumstances of yesterday’s incident,” police said in a statement. “The six-year-old boy’s condition remains the same and officers are supporting his family.”

A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody, police said. The teenager had been detained by members of the public on the viewing platform after the boy’s fall.

“At the moment, this is being treated as an isolated event with no distinct or apparent motive. There is no link between the victim and male arrested,” police said.

The Tate Modern, situated in a former power station next to the River Thames, was the most popular attraction in Britain in 2018 with almost 6 million visitors, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky, Michael Holden and Hugh Lawson

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