2 children hurt in falls through windows

June 5, 2009 5:35:56 AM PDT
Two children have been injured in falls out of windows in separate incidents about two hours apart on Chicago's Northwest Side. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said a 2-year-old boy was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital late Thursday after falling out of a second-floor window.

According to police, the boy's injuries included scrapes and bruises to his arms and shoulders. Authorities say the boy's mother was at home at the time of the accident.

Earlier, a 4-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling from a second-story window.

Police said the 4-year-old suffered skull and wrist fractures, and that there were other people inside the apartment when the incident occurred.

Authorities say the boy was found by relatives and was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital.

According to the authorities, the boy was leaning against the screen of a second floor window in the home in the 4600-block of North Kenten. That screen gave way.

The screen has since been reinforced.

He is reportedly the youngest of three children.

A neighbor speculates the boy fell from the window where some clothes were hanging. He may have been trying to reach for the clothes when he tumbled out of the window. It is about a 15-foot drop to the patio below. Neighbors also speculate the first-floor awning may have broken the fall and minimized injuries.

"When I saw all the ambulance and all this coming I came out to my back window, and I looked out the window. And he was laying on the concrete, and that's when they were running to help him," said Sue Jurevis, witness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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