A 16 year old mentally disabled Chicago teen died late Monday after he fell 46 stories through his building’s garbage chute.
Charlie Manley was doing chores and somehow fell into the chute and his body was found face down in the basement trash compactor. Charlie was autistic and had Down syndrome and died from multiple injuries suffered in the fall
The boy had an older brother and sister and his father was formally on the International Board of Directors of Special Olympics. Charlie was described by neighbors as a building favorite and as nice a kid as you’ll find. Some wonder how he could have fit into the chute due to the way it opened and its size. His death was ruled an accident.
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