NY Construction Company Indicted On Manslaughter Charges
The owner of a New York construction company was indicted Tuesday on manslaughter charges after a 'dangerously flawed' decorative stone barrier killed a five-year-old girl in 2019.
Nadeem Anwar, 46, of Valley Stream - a licensed contractor in Nassau County - and his company City Wide Construction and Renovations were hired to build a stone wall and do façade work in September 2018 in Brooklyn, despite not being properly permitted by the Department of Buildings. He allegedly had another contractor file for an application for the façade work.
Alysson Pinto-Chaumana, five, and her mother, Maria, were visiting a friend on Harman Street in Bushwick around 8.30pm on August 29, 2019, when Alysson started climbing on the stone wall. It fell on top of her, crushing her skull and killing her.
Her mother flagged down a passing ambulance and paramedics, running down the street with her bleeding daughter in her arms. They were rushed to Wyckoff Hospital, but Alysson was pronounced dead upon arrival.
'I saw it all come down, crushing her head,' Pinto-Chaumana told . 'I desperately picked her up - I picked up my daughter, crying out to her: 'Why did you have to leave me?' My life. My love. She was so smart.'
'I look to the side and then I see her fall back and was crushed — her whole head was crushed,' Chaumana told Telemundo in 2019.
Alysson Pinto-Chaumana, five, and her mother, Maria, were visiting a friend on Harman Street in Bushwick around 8.30pm on August 29, 2019, when Alysson climbed onto the stone wall and it fell on top of her, crushing her skull and killing her
City Wide Construction and Renovations and its owner Nadeem Anwar, 46, of Valley Stream, have been indicted with manslaughter charges for Chaumana (pictured), as well as for criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, offering a false instrument for filing, and falsifying business records on Tuesday
The 68-inch high wall was a barrier to the patio on the property and was made up of stone pillars topped with horizontal stone plates. A NYC buildings engineer, who inspected the fence after its collapse, said it was 'dangerously flawed,' as it did not have any steel reinforcement in the pillars, which were required.
Anwar also neglected to have a licensed engineer or architect perform a post-construction review of the wall's stability, as is required by city ordinance.
The engineer, who inspected the fence after its collapse, determined the wall was mainly held together by weight and gravity, NBC New York reported, determining it to be 'highly unstable' and in 'egregious violation of multiple provisions of building code.'
'He allegedly failed to obtain the proper permits, and failed to reinforce and secure the structure as required by law,' Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said Tuesday. 'As a direct consequence of his alleged recklessness, the wall collapsed and caused the senseless death of a precious five-year-old child.
Chaumana's was climbing the stone fence (pictured) when it topple and killed her. An engineer who inspected the structure after its collapse found that Anwar failed to install steel support beams, as is required, meaning the stone fence was being held together by weight and gravity alone
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'My heart is with the victim's family, and we will now seek to hold this defendant accountable.'
Anwar has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, offering a false instrument for filing, and falsifying business records on Tuesday for Alysson's death.
He was released without bail and is due back in court in May.
Alysson's mother tried to rush the little girl to a passing ambulance, but she was pronounced dead before reaching the hospital
Anwar, who is a licensed contractor in Nassar County, failed to receive the right work permits for NYC when he came to work on the Harman Street property (pictured)
The property owner, who reportedly paid $40,000 for the fence, was issued a violation from the Department of Buildings at the time for failure to maintain the property.
Just days after her death, people gathered at the home where Alysson died for https://www.pinterest.com/egylivekora4/ a vigil for the little girl. Flowers, pictures, and stuffed animals dotted the fence, which was wrapped in police tape.
DailyMail.com has attempted to contact Anwar, and City Wide Construction and Renovations for comment.