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Torquay boy's balcony fall death ruled accidental

Flats in Lichfield Avenue
Image caption Kaleb Taylor was normally supervised by an adult when on the balcony

A boy who died after falling from a third-storey balcony in Torbay was saying goodnight to his brother outside the building, an inquest has heard.

Twenty-three-month-old Kaleb Taylor fell from a flat in Lichfield Avenue in Torquay on 23 September 2011.

He had pulled himself up from a dining room chair that had been moved to the balcony and fell over the railings. He was taken to hospital, where he died.

The coroner at the inquest in Torquay recorded a verdict of accidental death.

'Terrible day'

The inquest heard that Kaleb Taylor spent hours looking at people from a bedroom window in the flat, and also from the balcony when he was normally supervised by an adult.

His mother, Michelle, had to ban him from the balcony two months before the tragedy because he had been able to open a door to it.

As he got older and stronger he started to try and pull himself to see over the railings, and even stand on a toy quad bike to look over the top.

His mother had left her youngest son for just "two minutes" before he fell, the inquest was told.

He was taken to Torbay Hospital, but died as a result of traumatic brain injury.

The hearing was also told that Kaleb's brother, Dominic, heard Kaleb's voice from below where he was working on his motorcycle, then heard a thud and saw him on the ground.

Recording his verdict, coroner Ian Arrow said it was "a terrible day" for the family.

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