Toddler fell from 11th-floor balcony
A two-year-old toddler, affectionately called “Chubby” by a neighbour, died when he plunged off an 11th-floor balcony in Moss Park yesterday morning.
“He was like a little Chubby Checker, so I called him Chubby,” said neighbour Cecilia Wong, who has a young girl, Angel, 5.
“He always had a big smile on his face.”
Others also said Carlin was a fun-loving boy with reddish hair who would sometimes accompany his dad and mother when they delivered shopping flyers throughout the Toronto Housing Corp. apartment on Shuter Street.
Outside the family apartment unit hangs a sign that reads: “Danger: I’m small, but I know Kung-Fu.”
Carlin — the son of John Winder 55, and Lori Archer, 33 — had two sisters, believed to be about 12 and 14.
Neighbours going to work about 8 a.m. reported seeing the boy lying in a pool of blood on the concrete patio of a neighbour’s unit, only metres from a grassy knoll and a slide area for children.
On the 11th-floor balcony were two bicycles with their wheels stretching out over the railing.
Toronto police homicide officers were called, but determined it was an accident.
Police are investigating the possibility the child clambered onto the bicycles then lost his balance.
Police say the father, a factory worker, was at work in Brampton at the time. Neighbours say Carlin’s two sisters were across the hall visiting.
The mother was inside the two-bedroom apartment at the time.
Neighbour Danielle Humphreys said her mother, Andrea Butler, who also lives in the building, telephoned her just after 8 a.m., in tears, after the boy had fallen.
“My mom went to the apartment and banged twice on the door,” said Humphreys.
When the mother realized her child was missing, she became hysterical and her screams could be heard in the courtyard below.
An adult daughter of Winder’s, Amber Chaboyer, 27, tried to console her father later at the hospital.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Amber said outside the apartment building. “My family is grieving.”