CO-OP CITY - (AP) - A 4-year-old boy is dead after falling 23stories from the balcony of his apartment building in the Bronx.

Authorities say Malachi Johnson had been playing on the terraceof his Co-op City tower at about 7:45 p.m. yesterday when he somehow made itover the railing.

City building inspectors had ordered the terraces in thebuilding and six others closed last month after finding some withdeteriorated concrete and other problems.

Residents weren't supposed to be using them until repairs weremade.

A Buildings Department spokesman says the balcony that the boyfell from was sound, however, and that the accident doesn't appearto be related to any structural problems.