One child dead, another injured in window falls

August 11, 2009 8:26:58 PM PDT
One child is dead while another was listed in critical condition after falling from windows in separate incidents. It's something that's difficult to shake. The sight of a small child on the pavement after falling from this second floor window at 53 Westminster Road.

"The father picked up the kid and brought him to the front," one resident said.

Several people in this neighborhood were stunned by what they just witnessed.

Around 6:00 Tuesday night, a two-year-old boy fell. Investigators are trying to determine, what happened and how it happened. There are bars on some of the windows, but not all.

Unfortunately, tragedies like this one happen far too often in New York City in the summertime.

Earlier in the day, the mayor addressed the problem.

"The law requires guards if you have children and it also requires the managers to ask every year whether or not you need them. If you have a kid, please don't take any risks, we don't need tragedies like this," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Police are now working to determine if this child's fall could have been prevented.

Investigators do not expect to file any charges in the death of a one-year-old boy who fell out a second story window on Monday in East Flatbush.

Initially, his injuries were not believed to be life threatening following the fall at a house on Albany Avenue. The child died on Tuesday afternoon.

According to investigators, Marcus Olivier's mother had just given him a bath and went to get some clothes. He apparently broke through the blinds and fell out the window, hitting the concrete driveway.

In this case, nothing illegal happened, police said. The city law requiring window guards is only for buildings with three or more apartments, not private homes.


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