Journalism / New Haven Register

Toddler uninjured after fall from window

By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff
April 24, 2008

NORTH BRANFORD — A 23-month-old child escaped serious injury Wednesday after falling from the second-floor window of an Arthur Road house, according to police.

The boy was “up and running around in the yard” when emergency services responded to the 911 call, Deputy Police Chief Michael Doody said. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation, but Doody said it does not appear he was injured.

The boy complained of a sore foot when emergency personnel arrived, Doody said.

Police did not identify the child or his parents. There was no one home at the house Wednesday afternoon, and the homeowners did not return a call for comment.

The boy’s mother called 911 at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, a dispatcher said.

The mother was washing dishes while her two sons, aged about 2 and 4, played upstairs. The mother looked out the window and saw the younger boy fall from the second floor. He hit an outside cellar door and received a bump to the head but was not bleeding, the dispatcher said.

No further information was available on the child’s condition.

Doody said it appears the boy opened the upstairs window himself.

“The officers instructed her to make sure (the window is) secured so there’s no problems in the future,” he said.

No charges will be filed in the incident.

“He was a very, very lucky boy,” he said. “They’re pretty flexible at 2 — the Lord made them so they can … keep on going.”

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