The 17-year-old who allegedly threw a boy, six, off a balcony at the Tate Modern in south London reportedly suffered from schizophrenia.
The teenager charged with throwing a six-year-old boy off a balcony at the Tate Modern was a schizophrenia patient who had slipped away from his carers, it is claimed.
The suspect reportedly stayed at a ‘secure home’ and was only allowed to leave with at least two minders accompanying him.
Police are said to be investigating whether the teen left his accommodation without permission or whether he went missing on a trip out.
The 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder after the boy was thrown 100ft off a balcony at the Tate Modern, in south London, on Sunday.
The youth will appear at Bromley Youth Court on Tuesday accused of trying to kill the child, who is a French national visiting London with his family.
The boy was rushed to hospital and is currently in a ‘critical but stable condition’ after receiving life-saving treatment.
An ex-carer who once worked with the suspect told The Sun: “He’s one of the most difficult and challenging mental patients I’ve ever encountered.
“He is stockily built — about 5ft 10in tall — and gets angry when he is denied something that he wants or is told what to do.
“He’s also scarily intelligent. I watched an edition of the TV quiz show The Chase with him once and he answered every single question correctly.
“Something must have gone seriously wrong at the Tate because he’s not allowed out unless accompanied by at least two support staff. There will have to be a serious inquiry into what he was doing there.”
Witnesses described harrowing scenes as a woman screamed “he’s my son” after the boy landed on a fifth floor roof at the London landmark.
The six-year-old boy is a French national who was visiting London with his family and had no links to the suspect.
There have also been reports the suspect had followed other children at the gallery before targeting the six-year-old.
A man punched the teenager in the face after spotting him hurl the child over the balcony, the Mail Onlinereports.
The newspaper also claims that the suspect blamed social services when he was asked why he threw the boy over the railing.
Another eyewitness told of how he heard a ‘primal’ scream and had to stop the boy’s mother from climbing over the railings after he fell.