5-year-old is hospitalized after falling from second-story window in Fitler Square

KYW Staff
August 25, 2019 - 4:32 pm

Pat Toddy | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A young boy is in critical condition after police say he fell from of a second-story window in the Fitler Square section of the city.

Philadelphia police said the incident took place shortly before 3 p.m. along the 2300 block of Naudain Street, near South Street.

The 5-year-old boy, whose identity has not yet been released, was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where police say he remains in critical condition.

Neighbors described the boy’s fall as a terrible accident.

"You see him a lot up on the second floor playing around, but I guess he pushed on the screen and it popped loose. It's unfortunate," a male neighbor, who wished not be identified, said.

At the scene, a screen, which seemed to be from one of the home’s windows, was propped up against the front of the South Philly residence and surrounded by police tape.

The same neighbor said he is a paramedic and handles emergencies involving children on a regular basis. With hopes of a positive outcome, he said, “Young kids bounce back quickly.”

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This is far from the first time a child in Philadelphia has fallen from a second-floor window, but it’s now the second time in just a few weeks that a young child fell from this height. Two weeks ago, in North Philadelphia, a 4-year-old girl was also critically hurt when she fell from the window of her mother’s home.

The girl’s family, following the incident, are calling her rapid recovery a "miracle."

The Fitler Square community is hoping this young boy will do the same.

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KYW Newsradio's Pat Toddy and Kevin Wright contributed to this report.