A 4-year-old boy from Orlando suffered serious injuries late last month when he plummeted down from the second floor window of a town house in the Stonebride Place residential condominium development. The gated community is located west of Kirkman Road, on Goethe Street. The incident took place late one morning at the residence of the boy’s family.
The young child was injured on the premises after he fell when pushing up against the window’s screen while playing near it. Shocked neighbors rushed over and gathered around the boy after he landed, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Emergency rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. They reportedly transported the child from the driveway where he fell to a medical facility for required emergency treatment. The child reportedly underwent surgery at a nearby hospital for his injuries. Orlando police were investigating the incident.
The boy’s family, including an older brother, has lived in the building for a number of years, according to their neighbors. One neighbor called the boy’s family good people and fine neighbors. He also indicated that the bedroom windows in the condominium development were not secure, and allegedly could pop out when they are simply pushed.
He also noted that the windows are not very high, but rather close to the ground, potentially making them an easy target for children. The screens and window height are issues that should be addressed. Some sort of barrier may be necessary to prevent small children from coming near the windows. That kind of measure could prevent future incidents.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Orlando boy seriously injured in 2nd story fall,” Susan Jacboson and Jeff Weiner, Nov. 17, 2011