British balcony fall girl 'may have been pushed'
26 October 2007, MADRID - A British girl who fell from her hotel balcony in Majorca may have been pushed, Spanish police investigating the case believe.
26 October 2007
MADRID - A British girl who fell from her hotel balcony in Majorca may have been pushed, Spanish police investigating the case believe.
Gianna Cooper, 7, fell 30ft (10m) from the balcony on the Spanish island on Monday and is currently in a coma.
Her mother Sara Cooper, 45, of Foxton, Cambridgeshire, was found dead in a cave on the island on Wednesday.
A Majorca police spokesman said they could not rule out the possibility that both acts may have been criminal, the BBC reported.
A police spokeswoman said: "We are considering two possibilities; that she (Gianna) fell by accident or that someone pushed her.
"These are the only two possibilities at the moment.
"The girl is currently in a coma. Police cannot speak to her until she is better but I imagine the police will want to see if she remembers anything.
Gianna's mother, Sara Cooper, had not been seen since Monday
"We must take a lot of care and wait until she is better. There is also the possibility that she won't remember anything."
A post-mortem examination was carried out on Mrs Cooper's body this morning. However, police refused to disclose the cause of her death.
Police have said they have several leads in the investigation but cannot release any further information unless they are authorised to do so by an investigating judge.
The former childminder's body was recovered in Cala Domingos, 165 yards (150m) from the Hotel Samoa, in Calas de Majorca, where her daughter had fallen.
Mrs Cooper, her husband and three of their children had been staying at the hotel on a half-term break when the incident happened.
By the time an ambulance had arrived at the scene of Gianna's fall Mrs Cooper had disappeared.
Police are awaiting results of an autopsy on Sara Cooper's body.
Gianna's father Ian Cooper said: "I can confirm the terrible news that the body of my dear wife, Sara, was found yesterday by the police.
"This is devastating news for me and my family and I would be grateful to the media if they could respect my family's privacy in order for us to concentrate on the recovery of my daughter who continues to make good progress and the wellbeing of my three sons."
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