Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boy Crushed by Stack of Shopping Baskets

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boy Crushed by Stack of Shopping Baskets

Article excerpt

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy was rushed to hospital after being crushed by a huge stack of metal shopping baskets that fell on top of him.

Deklan Phinn was screaming and bleeding heavily as his dad, Damian Phinn, 32, frantically pulled him from under the weight of the baskets, at a Morrison's store in Seaburn, Tyne and Wear. The toddler was left battered and bruised, and was taken to hospital to be checked over.

The family claim the accident happened because the baskets were stacked too high as they were being pushed by a member of staff.

Mum Mandy Douglas, 33, claims the shock of what happened has changed her son from an adventurous youngster into one who cries a lot and is clingy.

She alleges the incident happened during a shopping trip to the supermarket with Damian, Deklan and the couple's elder son, six-year-old Ethan.

Mandy said she was loading the shopping and Damian went to get a newspaper and lottery ticket with the two boys.

She said: "Suddenly I heard shouting and a commotion, and turned to see Damian pulling all the baskets off Deklan to free him. …

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