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Mother returns to apartment after ceiling collapses on infant

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Jahila Rodgers moves back into her apartment one week after the ceiling collapsed on her and her 2-month-old baby. Jahila Rodgers moves back into her apartment one week after the ceiling collapsed on her and her 2-month-old baby.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The Metro East woman whose living room ceiling collapsed on her family is returning to the apartment one week after the incident.

St. Clair County zoning officials inspected the building on Brookshire Court in Belleville, and deemed the property safe to move back into. However, they are still unsure what caused the collapse on June 3.

Jahila Rodgers said her 2-month-old baby was asleep when the apartment ceiling suddenly caved in.

"It went down on my baby first," said Rodgers. "I told my other girls to go to the other room...I opened the door and screamed for help."

None of her children were seriously hurt, but Rodgers said she suffered a knee injury.

Landlord Kevin Bouse said he temporarily moved the family into a hotel and immediately had a contractor inspect all 60 apartments in the complex.

Bouse confirmed a bowed ceiling was discovered in another unit that will soon be repaired.

"We're not sure exactly why, but were going to keep a close eye and make it part of our inspections annually," said Bouse.

According to the county zoning department, whatever caused the problem is difficult for inspectors to spot.

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