Parents’ horror as 18-month-old son falls to his death after climbing out of a window in their second-floor home while his mother did the cleaning
- Spencer, 18-months-old died after he fell from second-floor balcony in Portugal
- His parents are Perth woman Holly Bishop and her British partner Robert Devlin
- Ms Bishop’s sister Jess Marach said the mother was cleaning house at the time
- She thought he was hiding or getting up to mischief when she couldn’t find him
- Then she noticed the window fully open and saw Spencer on the ground below
- Police in Lagos, Portugal, are investigating the events leading up to the tragedy
- Friends have set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to help pay the funeral costs
An 18-month old child has fallen to his death after climbing out of a second floor window as his mother was cleaning their apartment.
Spencer, the infant child of Australian expat Holly Bishop, 28, and her British partner Robert Devlin, 32, fell to his death at their apartment in Lagos, Portugal on Saturday.
Spencer had reportedly been following his mother around the apartment as she was cleaning.
But Ms Bishop was sent into a panic after turning round to see the toddler had disappeared.
After frantically searching the apartment she rushed to a window which had been left open to see her child lying on the pavement several metres below.
Spencer (pictured), 18-months-old, died on Saturday after he fell seven metres from a second storey balcony in Portugal
Spencer, the 18-month-old son of Perth woman Holly Bishop (pictured, left), 28, and her British partner Robert Devlin (pictured, right), 32, died on Saturday in Lagos, Portugal
Spencer is pictured with his Australian mother Holly Bishop and British father Robert Devlin
Ms Bishop’s sister Jess Marach said her sister had opened the window slightly to help air the home out and could hear Spencer in the background,News.com.au reported.
‘She then continued to clean the apartment and again couldn’t see Spencer or now hear him either,’ Ms Marach said.
‘She thought he was getting up to mischief as kids do when they go quiet, so she went past the bathroom and didn’t see him there, so then went into his room and found that he wasn’t there either.’
The young mother then noticed the window was all the way open and rushed over to look outside.
‘[Ms Bishop] ran over to look [and] saw little Spencer on the ground outside with people surrounding him and she ran straight down the stairs to him,’ Ms Marach said.
The infant was still breathing at the time, and neighbours reported seeing a young man attempting to save the boy with first aid.
Police in Portugal are investigating the events leading up to the tragedy (pictured is Spencer)
Spencer (pictured with Ms Bishop, right, and Mr Devlin, left) suffered critical injuries in the seven metre fall and was rushed to Algarve University Hospital Centre’s pediatric intensive care unit 100km away, but later died
Spencer suffered critical injuries in the seven metre fall and was rushed to Algarve University Hospital Centre’s pediatric intensive care unit 100km away, but later died.
Police in Portugal, where the family have lived for several years, are investigating the events leading up to the tragedy.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up by friends of the couple to help them pay for their toddler’s funeral. So far it $1,500 of the $5,000 target has been raised.
‘Yesterday was the worst day of Rob and Holly’s lives,’ Tammy Dower wrote.
‘Their little baby boy Spencer had a tragic accident and was taken to hospital in Portugal where they did all they could for him.
‘But unfortunately, he just couldn’t fight any longer and last night, their beautiful baby boy Spencer grew his little wings and left all of his family behind.’
‘They are beyond devastated and would like to let everyone know but at the moment would just like some time to come to terms with their loss and be around family,’ Ms Downer wrote.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up by friends of the couple (pictured) to help them pay for their toddler’s funeral. So far it $1,500 of the $5,000 target has been raised
It’s understood Spencer’s parents Robert Delvin and Holly Bishop (pictured) have lived in Portugal for several years
‘It honestly breaks my heart in a million pieces for Holly and her family.’
Spencer’s aunty Jess shared a photo of her nephew on the fundraising page.
‘Forever in my heart Baby Spencer,’ she wrote.
Shocked friends took to social media to offer their condolences after Mr Devlin posted an old photo of the happy family enjoying a day at the beach.
‘I am so sorry. There’s no words to express how you must be feeling. Our thoughts are with you and your family at such a sad time,’ one friend wrote.
Another added: ‘Thinking of you all and sending our love.’
Members of Ms Bishop’s Perth family are believed to have travelled to Portugal in recent days, Perth Now reports.
According to the news website, Spencer was born in the resort town of Lagos, where Mr Devlin runs a business.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said it will offer consular assistance if requested.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up by friends of the couple to help them pay for their toddler’s funeral
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