Police are investigating if a five-year-old boy in Jakarta was trying to mimic Spider-Man after he jumped out a window to his death after being told he couldn’t watch the latest movie in the franchise.
The boy, named only as Valentino, had asked his mother, Eva, 23, if he could watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released during the week. She told him he couldn’t because his one-year-old brother, Vincencius, was sick.
“This made Valentino very upset,’ senior police commander Suyudi told kompas.com.
“He wanted to see the movie.”
“After his request was declined, Valentino then rushed to his room and locked it from the inside,” he said.
Police had initially thought the boy might have taken his own life. But the head of Indonesia’s criminal justice unit said he was also a hyperactive child who liked to pretend he was a cartoon superhero.
“He liked to imitate films like Iron Man and Captain America,” he said.
His mother had gone downstairs to try and get someone to unlock the door but then heard a commotion and realised it was people trying to help her son.
His body was recovered from a fibreglass roof in the apartment complex where people have been placing flowers and tributes over the weekend.
He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.