5-year-old boy crushed and killed by falling table at NW Harris Co. church

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Friday, March 22, 2019
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Child dies after table falls on him at church in northwest Harris County.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 5-year-old child has died after authorities say a table fell on him in a northwest Harris County church.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened around 9:45 p.m. at Signs And Wonders Apostolic Outreach Ministries in the 1740 block of N. Sam Houston Parkway, near Ella Blvd.

Deputies say that when they arrived they were told that the boy was inside of a room playing by himself when the furniture, that was initially reported as a large granite shelf, fell on him.

Officials confirm, though, that despite that initial report, it was a table, and not a shelf.

It's unclear how many people were at the church when it happened.

The boy was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he later died.

Eyewitness News reached out to the church pastor. He wasn't there when the accident happened.

He says another church community rents the space every Thursday. ABC13 reached out to that group. We're waiting to hear back.

The heavy table was not bolted down. A parishioner tells us it takes a couple people to lift the table, so she was shocked it toppled over. The pastor says one of the church members made it.

Investigators have not released the child's name. Authorities are still investigating to see if there was something on top of the table that may have caused it to fall.