Chico climbs the railing of the escalator and drops four floors to his death meters away from his parents

The three-year-old boy (in a circle) is seen clinging to the railing and standing in the shopping center of Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, at about 1:40 on Thursday afternoon.

A child in eastern China yesterday fell four floors to death from the railing of an escalator in a shopping mall while playing unsupervised.

Horrible images of the incident show the three-year-old clinging to the railing and getting up while his parents and older sister rested in massage chairs a few meters away.

His mother noticed his son and ran to him, but before he could pick him up again, the boy released him and collapsed to the basement level.

The three-year-old boy (in a circle) is seen clinging to the railing and standing in the shopping center of Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, at about 1:40 on Thursday afternoon.

The three-year-old boy (in a circle) is seen clinging to the railing and standing in the shopping center of Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, at about 1:40 on Thursday afternoon.

His parents and his older sister (surrounded) are seen resting in massage chairs just a few meters away

His parents and his older sister (surrounded) are seen resting in massage chairs just a few meters away

His parents and his older sister (surrounded) are seen resting in massage chairs just a few meters away

The incident occurred at approximately 1:40 pm at Baoli International Plaza in Xiaogan City, Hubei Province.

The emergency services were alerted to the shopping plaza, but the paramedics declared that the child was dead at the scene.

The child was filmed climbing the railing of the escalator on the second floor and had slipped between the protective glass panels. He started traveling up when his mother and nine-year-old sister noticed him.

Before they could catch him, he disappeared from sight.

The video images of the aftermath of the accident show the unconscious child in the basement. His crushed parents and his sister were seen crying beside the body.

The video shows the body of the boy in the basement next to his devastated parents

The video shows the body of the boy in the basement next to his devastated parents

The video shows the body of the boy in the basement next to his devastated parents

The child's parents and sister are seen crying next to the lifeless body of the three-year-old child

The child's parents and sister are seen crying next to the lifeless body of the three-year-old child

The child's parents and sister are seen crying next to the lifeless body of the three-year-old child

The body was transported to a funeral home, according to a statement issued by the Xiaonan District Government Emergency Office.

The parents are asking for compensation of 1.5 million yuan (£ 171,000) from the management of the mall, allegedly related to the lack of security measures in place near the escalator, according to Btime.

The incident remains under police investigation.

Escalator accidents often occur in China, especially in shopping centers and subway stations.

Accidents often involve children who play alone or mothers who carry their children in their arms or in a stroller.

In 2015, a two-year-old boy survived a two-story fall from an escalator railing in a shopping mall in Dongguan, southern China.

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