Toddler Fights For Life After Surviving 5-Story Plunge

Bronx (New York City)Eric Brown

BRONX, NY (PIX11) -- A two-year-old little girl is fighting to survive after falling out of a fifth floor window of an apartment on 3230 Cruger Avenue in the Bronx on Monday. The child was taken to Jacobi Hospital with head trauma, but miraculously survived the initial fall.

Residents saw the little girl lying on the ground motionless and describe a gruesome scene.  Marion Irizarry was looking out of her neighboring second floor window when she saw an Emergency Medical Technician, who said he had been walking from the laundry mat, standing next to the child.

"She wasn't moving, she was in her diaper,” Irizarry said. “She had a pink blanket wrapped around her up to her neck. I couldn't see her face but it was tucked snuggly around her and I thought that was odd.”

She added that the EMT yelled at her to call the police and she dialed 911.  Irizarry said the EMT never left the little girl's side until help arrived.

"Somebody came out of a fifth floor window, a man, he was on a cell and he kept yelling ‘that's my daughter, that's my daughter,’" Irizarry said, telling PIX11 the father was yelling out of the window where the little girl had fallen.  She said the father did not immediately come downstairs.

The child's upstairs neighbor, Eric Brown, says the father was in shock and that the mother had just gone to wash clothes when the little girl fell out of the window.  The window did not have window guards as is obligated by law when there is a child under 10 living in an apartment. According to NYC.gov, health department-regulated window guards must be installed if "you live in a building that has three or more apartments and a child 10 and under lives in your apartment."  The law applies even if you live on the first floor and every window in the apartment must have a window guard except windows leading to fire escapes.

"(He had) just pulled out the window guards to put the AC in," Brown explained.

Brown says the little girl has a twin brother and they often played in the neighborhood. He said the family is of Dominican decent and had been living in the building for several years.

"I just have this baby in my mind, this little girl laying there in my mind.  It's going to be etched there for a long time," Irizarry said.

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