2nd child dies from window fall in NYC

August 12, 2009 7:29:53 AM PDT
An open window and curious toddler have again proven to be a deadly combination. A young boy who fell from a window in Brooklyn died from his injuries overnight.

It's the second time it has happened in the city this week.

Two-year-old Devin Joseph Jr. was unfortunately drawn to an open window of his home -- it cost him his life.

It was frightening night -- a small child on the pavement after falling three stories out of a window.

"The father picked up the kid from where he was and brought him to the front," one neighbor said. "The policeman was administering CPR to him first, and then the fireman came and then the ambulance came."

Investigators are trying to determine what happened that caused Devin Joseph to fall.

There are bars on some of the windows, but not all.

The attorney for the landlord of the house spoke to Eyewitness News.

"Everyone is upset and in shock over what happened," lawyer Carl Husbands said. "Everyone's now trying to ascertain the facts."

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

On Monday, 1-year-old Marcus Olivier died after falling out a second floor window in East Flatbush.

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

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.

Marcus did not live in that home -- it was his grandmother's house and therefore, did not have child safety locks on the window.

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

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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