Three-year-old boy falls from second floor window

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich., (WXYZ) - A three-year-old boy is in the hospital after falling from a second floor window in Dearborn Heights.

It happened around 1:40 p.m. on the 4200 block of Monroe. The child was found unresponsive on the ground with a window screen next to him.  When the Dearborn Heights Fire Department arrived the parents had already moved their son inside because it was so cold outside.

"Mother brought him in from the backyard and laid him on the floor.  Father was holding the head still.  He was unresponsive," said Lt. Douglas Bailey with the Dearborn Heights Fire Department.

The child suffered severe injuries to his head and face.  The parents told emergency crews the window had been shut, that they did not know how their son opened it.  The three-year-old fell about 12-15 feet to the ground.

"He was playing upstairs and they went to check on him and they found the window open and he was on the patio in the back," said Lt. Bailey.

Emergency crews worked quickly to get the child stabilized.

"We want to keep the child as still as possible.  Put on a cervical collar and put him on a backboard. To keep everything in the spine aligned," said. Lt. Bailey.

The child was reportedly breathing on his own by the time they arrived at the hospital.  His parents were the only ones home at the time that it happened. 

Lt. Bailey cautions people not to move someone with a neck injury because any kind of movement could make the injury worse.  Even when it is extremely cold outside like on a day like today, he said not to move the person, to keep them still and put blankets around them to keep them warm.

Neighbors said the family had only recently moved into the neighborhood.

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