8-year-old boy injured after being dared to go into trash compactor of East Harlem building

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — An 8-year-old child fell down the trash compactor of an East Harlem building on Tuesday night, officials said.

He was found in the basement, police said. The child fell down the trash compactor of a building on 102nd Street near 2nd Avenue around 7:40 p.m.

Official said the boy suffered minor injuries. He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.

He was apparently playing with several other children in the lobby when one of the children dared him to go into the trash compactor. The boy went in feet first and fell about 10 feet.

Police originally said the injured child was 2.

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