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Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Child dies in cabinet fall
Cause still unknown

Key West police say no criminal charges are expected to be filed in the death of a 7-year-old girl who died after a cabinet fell on her while she was at home Monday.

Muhlisa Bahrillaeva, of 800 Emma St., Apt. 212, a second-grader at Horace O'Bryant Middle School according to one roommate at the apartment where she lived, was pronounced dead Monday at Lower Keys Medical Center shortly after her arrival about 9:30 p.m., according to incident reports.

Autopsy reports are pending.

It was unclear what caused the 7-foot cabinet to fall on Bahrillaeva in the apartment hallway, said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean, who described the case as a death investigation and not a criminal matter.

The incident report regarding Bahrillaeva's death was not released by police until Wednesday.

"It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy," Crean said.

Arriving officers and paramedics found Bahrillaeva on a sleeper couch bed in the living room with a large cut above her left eye and forehead. Crews began performing CPR while she was taken to the hospital.

Roommate Madina Rakhmonova, 18, said she was in her room when she heard a loud bang and saw a hallway cabinet that is normally upright had tipped over.

She didn't know there was someone underneath at first, she said.

Rakhmonova asked two others present, Jankabil Karshibaev, 60, and Turscenova Roziya, 56, to help lift the cabinet up and that's when they discovered Bahrillaeva, reports state.

Azoza Gaubova, 28, mother of Bahrillaeva, was at the apartment but outside when the incident occurred, Rakhmonova said.

There are about 13 people living in the three-bedroom apartment, including Gaubova's two other children who are two months and 8 years old, Rakhmonova said.

Gaubova is a stay-at-home mother, the roommate added.

Most or all of the tenants are natives of Uzbekistan, Rakhmonova said.

Florida Department of Children and Families agents visited the apartment on Tuesday to check on the other children, Rakhmonova said, but that could not be verified with DCF representatives on Wednesday.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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