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Toddler falls from fourth floor window

9:46 PM, May 11, 2011   |    comments
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Toddler falls from fourth floor window

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A three-year-old at a local homeless shelter in St. Louis fell from a fourth floor window Wednesday.  Authorities say a ledge may have saved his life.

The incident happened at the Gateway 180 Homeless Services building in the 1000 block of North 19th Street just before 8 p.m.

Authorities said the child landed on a second floor ledge and is expected to be okay.

A mother and her five children were moving in, seeking temporary shelter. And while the mother registered, a 13-year-old was upstairs watching the other children. They say the toddler was jumping on a bed and somehow managed to fall out of the window, which had been opened since the building has no air conditioning. He tumbled two stories to a ledge below and then started walking around.

"And we were scared about him falling off of this roof after his first fall. One of the residents, the guests, got him down safely," said board member Mike Stokes. "So it was really, it could have been a horrible disaster. But everything seems to have turned out fine."

Officials with Gateway 180 do believe the window had a screen, but that the boy went flying right through it.

He was taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital and doctors say he had no broken bones and no head trauma.

Officials at Gateway 180 Homeless Services say they will review safety measure but say with a 90-year-old building there are countless other things that also need to be fixed.


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