GRESHAM, Ore – A 16-month-old boy suffered a few scrapes and bruises after falling 15 feet from a Gresham apartment window Wednesday morning, police said.
Paramedics responded just after 8 a.m. to the report of a child falling from a window at the Parkwood Apartments, in the 1600 block of Northeast 16th Way.
The boy’s mother was having coffee on her balcony while he was on the couch inside, which was up against the window, according to Gresham police. The boy reportedly pushed through a screen and fell out.
Neighbor Angel Williams said the mother was frantic when it happened.
“I could hear her from my house, she was like, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!,’” Williams said. “He seemed fine when the mom held him.”
The paramedics at the scene said the boy would be fine, but his mother took him to a Portland hospital anyway.
So far this year, 35 children have fallen from windows in the Portland Metro area. Nine of those falls happened in August. The majority of those kids were under four years old.
Firefighters said windows should only be opened up to four inches. A child can easily fall out of anything more than that.