The dresser fell on the girls Friday as they were playing in their Aliquippa, Beaver County, home, NBC 10 reported. The girls had been climbing the dresser drawers, family members told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Two-year-old Brooklyn Beatty was pronounced dead on Friday, CBS Pittsburgh said. An autopsy revealed that Brooklyn's cause of death was asphyxiation due to the compression of her chest, NBC said.
Brooklyn's sister, 3-year-old Ryeley Beatty, died Sunday, NBC and CBS reported. She had been hospitalized since the accident Friday.
Both girls' deaths have been ruled accidental, the Post-Gazette said. Aliquippa Police are continuing their investigation, however, and there remains the possibility that charges could be filed against the girls' parents, Jennifer and David, the Post-Gazette said.
A vigil held outside the family's Aliquippa home attracted some 500 people Monday night, and photos of the little girls were hung on the fence in front of the house.
"They were the greatest little girls in the world. Strong, stubborn. And I loved them," the girls' father, David Beatty, told WTAE Pittsburgh.
"Two of God's little angels, Brooklyn Nicole and Ryeley Elizabeth Beatty, went home to rest in the loving arms of Jesus, Brooklyn on July 4, 2014, and Ryeley on July 6, 2014," read the funeral home's obituary.
Brooklyn was born May 5, 2012, and Ryeley, on May 2, 2011.
"Ryeley and Brooklyn were inseparable and will remain so eternally," read the obituary. "Their precious memories will remain in the hearts of all those who loved them."
Friends will be received Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in Tatalovich Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 2205 McMinn St. Aliquippa.
A funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tatalovich Funeral Home on McMinn Street in Aliquippa, according to the funeral home. Burial will be private.
"The family would like to thank the Aliquippa First Responders; the staff of Heritage Valley, Beaver; and the staff of Children's Hospital P.I.C.U., especially Jackie, Abby and T.D., for all of their kindness and loving care," read the obituary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com, to support the Beatty family. Some $5,000 has already been raised to cover medical and funeral expenses, WTAE said.
Each year some 22,000 children ages 8 and under are injured by falling furniture or televisions, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. One child is killed every two weeks.
The CPSC recommends following these tips to ensure your home is safe for small children:
- Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
- Place TVs on sturdy, low bases.
- Or, anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it, and push the TV as far back on top of the furniture as possible.
- Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might be attractive to children off TV stands or furniture.
- Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
- Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
- Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.