Boy, 5, dies after TV falls on him in Phoenix home


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 9:16 PM

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PHOENIX -- A 5-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after a large television fell on him at a home near 35th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump, Isaiah Hernandez was alone in his room watching TV on an older-style tube television, which weighs approximately 165 pounds. The television had been placed on top of a nightstand much smaller than the TV itself.

"When family members went to check on Isaiah as it was about lunchtime, they found the television had fallen off the nightstand and Isaiah was underneath it," Crump said.

One of the family members started CPR.

Phoenix Fire Department personnel responded to the home and took over life-saving measures.

The child was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Isaiah's mother told investigators he would watch television on the floor in front of the television and that the remote had recently gone missing. Isiah used the controls at the bottom front of the television to change the settings. 

The investigation is ongoing and police are waiting for results from the Medical Examiner's Office.

Police remind parents of the importance of securing large, top-heavy items around the home, especially when children are present. 


The family has set up an account at Wells Fargo to help with funeral expenses. The account number is 1690938699 and donations can be made to the Isaiah Hernandez Memorial account.