A tragedy unfolded at the Westwood Fountains apartments here in
The stairway on which the boys were playing was meant for maintenance personnel only and the door allowing access was supposed to be locked at all times. The building supervisor, Avi Thandani, insisted that the door was secure and that perhaps the boys squeezed through an iron railing. However, residents claim that the door was open regularly without adult monitoring. So, an open door is one way in which the safety of the children was compromised.
Next, there is the issue of government enforcement. The city of
Finally, there is the issue of differences in care based on socioeconomic factors. Westwood Fountains is a low-income housing unit with a largely minority population. John Henneberger, co-director of the Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service, believes that if the low-income tenants lived in neighborhoods with more affluent renters, problems would be more likely to prompt complaints and attract the city's attention.
No matter where people choose to lay the blame, the end result is the possible wrongful death of two children. If you have been the victim of someone’s negligence or a loved one has been a victim of wrongful death, please contact us at the Austin, Houston or