Mom of girl in window fall talks to EWN

August 25, 2009 2:53:15 PM PDT
Last week, 8-year-old Destiny Antonio fell out of her bedroom window in the Bronx. She plunged seven stories and somehow survived. She remains in the hospital.On Tuesday, Destiny's mother spoke to Eyewitness News.

Destiny barely missed three air-conditioning units during her fall, as well as a grate of metal and concrete, instead landing on the overgrown grass.

Her family says she's a miracle.

"Her pelvis is shattered, liver injuries," Robin Antonio said. "I just want to know if she's going to be able to walk again."

It's a talk Robin doesn't want to have with her daughter. The possibility that little Destiny may not walk, run or dance ever again is too painful to consider.

"She keeps asking me, 'When am I going home?'" she said. "I can't give her a date."

Around 1 a.m. Friday, Destiny heard someone arguing outside her bedroom window. She apparently climbed down from her top-bunk bed and stepped on a windowsill to see what was going on.

Her mother says the top of the bedroom window is only supposed to go down four inches. Instead, she says Destiny was able to pull it down seven, enough for her to squeeze through.

Her family was startled out of their slumber by neighbors banging on their door.

"I took off running," Robin said. "[I saw] Destiny laying in the grass."

ACS is investigating, saying it's normal procedure whenever a child is seriously hurt and under adult supervision.

Destiny's mom says she has been complaining about the window since July, but it was never fixed.

Her attorney, Betty Lugo, is pointing the finger at the housing authority.

Destiny's sister says it's hard to see her baby sister in this condition, and hopes she will be out of the hospital and back home soon.

"She's going through pain, but I can't help her," she said. "When she starts talking about it, she starts to cry."

And she may have to stay in the hospital until the end of the year.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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