Illinois girl, 3, dies from cold after falling out of window

Illinois girl, 3, dies from cold after falling out of window
Charlotte Handelman died from hypothermia after falling out of a second-floor window at her Illinois home. (Diego Parra/Getty Images)

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — A 3-year-old Illinois girl died Tuesday after she apparently fell from a window on a frigid night and was unable to get back inside her family’s home, authorities said.

According to a preliminary autopsy report, Charlotte Handelmann, of Rock Island, died from hypothermia, the Dispatch-Argus reported.

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The girl, nicknamed “Charlie,” apparently fell out of a second-story window between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, when she was found outside, the newspaper reported.

Rock Island police were called to the residence after a fire department was called for an unconscious child. The girl was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

“It’s being investigated as nothing more than a tragic accident,” Brian Gustafson, Rock Island County coroner, told the Dispatch-Argus. “She was a beautiful little girl. It’s absolutely tragic.”