Boy, 4, in critical condition after falling 2 stories out screened window at Minnesota home
A 4-year-old boy fell two stories out of a screened window at his Waconia home, landed on a concrete patio and was critically hurt, authorities said.
Emergency personnel found the boy unresponsive but breathing after the fall about 12:20 p.m. Sunday at the home in the 1300 block of Creekside Circle, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
The boy was at Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition Monday, the Sheriff’s Office added.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
The family had recently moved into the home and were upstairs assembling furniture in the bedrooms when the victim went to the main floor, where he likely was climbing on a sofa and looking out the window.
It was then that the screen gave way and the child tumbled out. The parents told the Sheriff’s Office that the windows were open and screens were in place at the time.
A neighbor who was outside heard the incident and found the boy on the patio, notified the parents and called 911 for assistance. A screen was found near the boy after he fell.
"Windows open just five inches can create a hazard for young children," Sheriff Jim Olson said. "And window screens are designed to keep insects out but offer very little protection to keep kids in."