City to Issue Violations at Queens Building Where Girl Fell to Her Death

By Jeanmarie Evelly on February 12, 2013 6:49am 

WOODSIDE — The city will issue two housing violations at the Woodside building where a 3-year-old girl fell to her death from a fifth-floor window on Sunday, according to a spokesman.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will issue one Class C violation regarding missing window guards at the 32nd Avenue apartment and another Class B violation regarding a missing or defective carbon monoxide detector, the spokesman added.

According to HPD's Code Enforcement Guide, Class C violations are the most serious and are considered "immediately hazardous," with landlords given 24 hours to correct the issue. Class B violations are required to be fixed within 30 days.

HPD's Emergency Response Unit discovered the violations during an inspection of the apartment following the girl's fatal fall on Sunday.

Rusroshi Barua fell from the window at 53-01 32nd Ave. Sunday afternoon after she and a sibling  somehow got locked inside the bathroom of the apartment, officials and witnesses said.

After discovering the children were trapped, their frantic parents called the building's superintendent to pry open the door. But by the time they got inside the room, Rusroshi had already fallen from the window.

Police said the other child was in the bathroom and unharmed.

Landlords are required to install guards on all windows in apartments when there is a child who is 10 or younger living there, according to HPD's website.

Hazir Abdyli, the building's super, said window guards had been installed in Rusroshi's apartment, and he did not know why they were not on the bathroom window when she fell.

City records show the building is owned by Milford House LLC, an entity registered with the state by Herbert Donner of Adi Management, at 172-90 Highland Ave. in Queens. A woman who answered the phone at Adi Management on Monday said no one in the office was authorized to comment on the incident, or on the building where the girl lived.

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