Building owners consider measures after boy falls

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The owner of a Minneapolis apartment building where a 15-month old fell 11 stories met with community members to discuss measures to keep other children safe.

The toddler, Musa Dayib, is seriously injured after the fall Sunday but is expected to survive. Musa’s relatives believe he slipped through the balcony’s railing.

Riverside Plaza owner George Sherman said maintenance staff will close off balcony doors for any tenant who asks.

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Minneapolis city building inspectors says the building’s balconies are up to code. Building official Patrick Higgins says the vertical rods under the railing are 5 1/2 inches apart. The building was grandfathered in when building codes changed to 4 inches apart.

Members of the Somali-American community say they are also raising money for the family.