Construction company owner charged in death of 5-year-old girl in Brooklyn Wall collapse

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BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A construction company owner has been charged with manslaughter after a wall he was allegedly building collapsed on a 5-year-old girl, killing her, in Brooklyn, officials said.

Alysson Pinto-Chaumana’s skull was crushed when the wall came down on her in August 2019. At the time, her father told PIX11 News that she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up.

Nadeem Anwar, 46, was charged on Tuesday with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree offering of a false instrument of deposit and second degree falsification of commercial documents. The wall he allegedly built was an “imminent disaster,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.

“He allegedly failed to obtain the proper permits and failed to reinforce and secure the structure as required by law. As a direct result of his alleged recklessness, the wall collapsed and caused the senseless death of a precious 5-year-old child,” Gonzalez said. “My heart is with the victim’s family, and we will now seek to hold this defendant accountable.”

The wall was allegedly built without proper anchors or permits, said Investigations Department Commissioner Jocelyn Strauber. At the time of the deadly collapse, the Buildings Department issued a ticket for failure to maintain the property.

A DOB engineer said he found no steel rebar in the pillars, officials said. He also found that no technical-grade adhesive was used.

“Therefore, he determined, the wall was very unstable and held together primarily by its own weight and gravity, a flagrant violation of several Building Code provisions,” according to the prosecutor’s office. “The engineer described the conditions as ‘immediately life threatening’.”

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