ALOHA, Ore. – A 3-year-old girl was listed in critical condition Sunday morning after neighbors said she fell from a second-story window the day before.
Paramedics with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the call Saturday afternoon and found the toddler lying on the concrete.
“It was pretty mind-blowing, pretty sad,” said Jacob Ballentine, who lives next door.
Ballentine was watching his nieces and young nephew when one of them noticed the ambulances parked outside.
“I know the lady over there,” he said, referring to the girl’s mother. “She's a good mom and stuff, you know. She wasn't expecting that.”
KGW attempted to contact the family of the girl Sunday morning but was unsuccessful.
Heartbreaking. A 3-y-o girl is in critical condition this morning after falling from a second story window in this Aloha apartment complex. pic.twitter.com/Nt4Mv2NA1G— Maggie Vespa KGW (@Maggie_Vespa) July 2, 2017
It’s a tragedy all too common as the weather warms up across the country.
One study in 2011 estimated 5,000 American kids are injured falling from windows each year.
Medical experts often sound the alarm in the spring, doling out window safety tips to parents.
- Buy and properly install window locks and guards
- Don’t open windows more than four inches
- Don’t assume screens are strong enough to keep kids from falling out
- Don’t put furniture under windows, as it gives kids easy access