GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A 2-year-old boy who fell out of a second-story window Monday night is expected to be OK, his family said.
It happened in the 300 block of Brown Street SE in Grand Rapids when the child was looking out of the window, police said. When officers arrived at the scene, the child was moving and crying. The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Grand Rapids police are still investigating what exactly led to the fall. Police will turn their report over to Children's Protective Services. It's not yet known if charges will be filed.
"I thought it was a little stuffed animal or something that fell," witness Tyrane Sams said.
But he soon realized what he saw fall was actually a child.
"I just said, 'Oh, my God,'" Sams said. "I've seen people take smaller falls and be paralyzed."
Resident Latoya Maxwell, the cousin of the child's mother, said they were have a barbeque Monday night when the little boy got away from his mother in just a minute.
"She's a good mother," said Maxwell. "All the rumors about her kids is getting taken is a lie. CPS, cops is not doing anything to her kids. Her son does not have anything broken on his body."
She said after the boy fell, he got up and ran to his mother.
She said the fall was an accident.
"It's not my landlord's fault," Maxwell said. "Accidents happen."
And she said she has spoken to her landlord and that he plans to install window locks.
"The landlord is mostly to blame because they didn't put it back to where it's supposed to be when they let people move in there, but the landlord does that a lot," Sams said.
Grand Rapids building code says windows have to be able to be secured four to six inches open.
Jennifer Hoekstra, the injury prevention coordinator at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, said similar accidents can be prevented by teaching children about safety around windows.
"One of the greatest things you can teach your kids is that screens are there to keep the bugs out, not there to keep the kids in," Hoekstra said.
She said kids should always be supervised around open windows and that parents should move furniture away from windows so kids can't climb up near them.
And if the window does need to be open further, she said, parents should get a window guard to make sure the kids stay safe.
"It can happen very quickly," Hoekstra said. "Often, we as parents get distracted easily. We really want to make sure those windows are safe, so in case of a distraction we know that there's not going to be a bigger space than four inches. We know there's going to be a lock a the top or a window guard is in place for those times we do get distracted."
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