Television Falls on Toddler

The 2-year-old was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries

By Lauren DiSanto and Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, May 9, 2013  |  Updated 11:57 AM EDT
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TV Falls on Toddler

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Merrick Felton is in stable condition, according to his mother.

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A young boy was hurt when a television fell on top of him inside a home in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

Police tell NBC10's Rosemary Connors that the boy, identified as 2-year-old Merrick Felton, was playing with his 8-year-old cousin when the TV fell on him around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

It's an older model 40-inch "tube" set, which is heavier than most flat-screen televisions.

Police investigated at the home on the 1100 block of E Sydney Street, but say they think this was an accident.

The toddler was first taken to Einstein Medical Center with serious injuries. He was then transferred to St. Christopher's Hospital where he was upgraded to serious condition.

The boy's father was home at the time, but police say he was in another room at the time of the accident.

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Felton's mother said on Thursday that he is in stable condition after having blood tranfusions. She said he has a concussion and some fluid in his chest area, but will not need major surgery.

Felton isn't alone, in 2011 alone more than 2,100 people were hurt in incidents related to TV tip-overs, according to National Electronic Injury Surveillance System statistics.

 


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