A 3-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday evening by a large, rusted steel gate at the Cabrini-Green housing complex, prompting a crowd to gather and hurl accusations of mismanagement at property managers.
"How many accidents happen over here because of failed inspections," screamed Willie J.R. Fleming, a resident and a director with the Coalition to Protect Public Housing. "There's no accountability, there's no oversight of this."
Authorities and residents said several small children were on the gate when it fell on the boy. He was identified by family members and the Cook County medical examiner's office as Curtis Cooper.
"Apparently there were four or five kids playing on the gate. They were swinging on it and it came off its hinges," Chicago Police Capt. Leo Crotty said.