Unfortunately the doors opened with no elevator present. The parent didn't realize the car wasn't at their floor, and instinctively pushed her infant forward; Areej, still in the stroller, fell down the shaft to the building's 17th floor.
The baby was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, but was sadly pronounced dead.
What's also upsetting is that records show the building has multiple complaints on file with the Buildings Department, and the elevators weren't functioning properly on two separate occasions last month.
Our hearts are with Areej's loved ones during this tragic time.