Toddler Dies After Falling 5 Stories Out of Window

By David Chang and Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013  |  Updated 7:39 PM EDT
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A toddler is dead after he fell from a fifth-story window at a Philadelphia apartment complex. A witness spoke to NBC10 about what she saw immediately after the boy fell.

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A toddler is dead after he fell from a fifth-story window at a Philadelphia apartment complex. A witness spoke to NBC10 about what she saw immediately after the boy fell.

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A young child is dead after falling five stories from an apartment window.

The 18-month-old boy fell from a fifth-story window at the Westpark Apartments on N Busti Street near 46th and Market Streets in West Philadelphia, Pa. around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to Philadelphia Police.

The toddler was taken to nearby Presbyterian Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

It’s unclear how he fell out of the window. Starr Glenn says she saw the child's mother run out of the complex after the boy fell.

"She was screaming, she was crying!" said Glenn. "She didn't know what to do!" 

Glenn also says the window the child fell out of did not have any fencing blocking it and that not all of the units in the complex have them.

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Vincent Payne, the boyfriend of the child's mother, told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez that the mom recently bought an A/C unit and wanted to have it installed in the window but it didn't fit the dimensions.

Payne claimed the mother filed a work order to have it installed but was told that it couldn't be done. Payne, who wasn't there when the child fell, says the last time he was at the apartment he saw a piece of cardboard placed in the window. The mother's bed lies right underneath the window, according to Payne.

The Westpark Apartments are part of the Philadelphia Housing Authority featuring 300-plus units for a mixture of families and seniors, according to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic, fatal fall at the West Park Apartments earlier today," said Kelvin Jeremiah, the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. "The surviving family members have experienced an unspeakable loss, and our entire community must support them during this very difficult time."

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