2-Year-Old Tragically Crushed to Death While Trying on Shoes at Payless


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A Georgia toddler tragically lost her life while trying on shoes at Payless after a large showroom mirror fell and crushed her to death. In the wake of this horrifying accident, her family is left struggling with grief while also working hard to make sure that nothing like this happens again to another child. 

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Two-year-old Ifrah Siddique was out with her family in Riverdale, Georgia, on Friday evening. In what was meant to be a regular shopping trip, the family stopped by Payless ShoeSource. As the toddler was trying on a pair of shoes with her mom, a mirror that was mounted on the end of the shoe rack fell. As it came down, it struck the child on the back of her head and then crushed her. 

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The New York Daily News reports that Ifrah's younger brother Ali was standing next to her during the accident. Fortunately he was not harmed, but the siblings' cousin Aqib Iftkhar said that it ultimately took two people to lift the mirror off the girl. 


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Latisha Culpatrick, who works next door to the Payless, said that she ran over to the store and called the police after she heard screams. "I could hear the crash and the mom screaming. Everybody was crowded around the door," she told Fox 5 Atlanta. "It's just tragic."

According to People, paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after and found Ifrah in a state of traumatic arrest -- a form of cardiac arrest that causes the heart to stop beating in response to blunt force trauma. The 2-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Iftkhar said that the entire family is devastated by the loss of Ifrah. "We're all still in a state of shock," he said. Ifrah's dad, Mohsin Siddique, expressed similar sentiments. "I feel dead, like I am no more," he told Fox 5 Atlanta. "That was my little girl."

Later in the weekend, several of Ifrah's family members showed up at the Payless location hoping to find answers for the little girl's senseless death. Iftkhar, who was not in the store at the time of the toddler's death, told CBS News that the mirror that fell on Ifrah wasn't properly secured to anything and was only being held up by one screw. 


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The family hopes to have Payless promise to properly secure its mirrors and shelves in all of its stores across the country. However, Iftkhar said that the company's communication with the family has been pretty limited. 

Payless responded to the incident in a statement, saying, "Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Ifrah Siddique during this time of incredible loss. We are devastated by this tragic event and are fully cooperating with authorities to research and understand the nature of this accident. Out of respect for the family, no further information will be provided at this time."

Time magazine also reached out to local authorities, who did not immediately respond to its request for comment. However, Fox 5 Atlanta reports that police are currently investigating the incident. 

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WSB-TV reported that a glass and mirror repair truck was spotted outside the Payless store on Saturday. Still, Ifrah's family isn't satisfied yet. "At least they are fixing it, but still the question is why wasn't it secured in the first place," Iftkhar said. "We want to make sure this doesn't happen again for anybody. We don't want to see another kid get into this."

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