LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A toddler was hospitalized on Sunday after falling out of a window at a Lynnwood apartment complex.
The 2-year-old girl likely climbed furniture to get to an open window at the Vantage Apartments at 12909 Mukilteo Speedway, according to the Snohomish County Fire Department. She was home with her mother at the time.
According to firefighters, this is the second time a toddler fell out of an apartment window this week. In both cases they pushed through the screen, which isn’t meant to handle the weight of a child.
Ousman Darboe was at home with his children when something that made his fatherly instincts kick in, he said
“My daughter ran to me and said, ‘Daddy can you come out? A child has just fallen from the window,’” Darboe said.
He and his wife ran to the apartment building across the parking lot where they were met by a frantic mother and a child on the ground.
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“She was bleeding through the mouth and there was a scratch on her face,” Darboe said, “It was very horrifying and very terrible and very unfortunate.”
The mother could not speak English, so Darboe called 911. First responders don’t think the toddler’s injuries are life-threatening.
On Wednesday, a 3-year-old Snohomish County boy suffered similar injuries after falling out of a window at another apartment complex. That child was also taken to Harborview, according to the fire department.
Officials say window guards are a helpful preventative measure. They also say parents can consider moving climbable furniture away from open windows.
KIRO 7 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
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