A 7-year old boy, child with special needs having autism, fell out a ninth-floor window to the ground, Saturday, on Harrod Avenue, in a building that is part of Soundview’s Bronx River Houses.
The window the seven-year-old boy fell from has an air conditioning unit in it, with an accordion-style guard on one side only. Police say the boy's mother was in the apartment at the time. One neighbor says he saw the boy after the fall and that he appeared to be conscious. Authorities responded to the scene. Rescuers had to get past a construction fence to get to the critically injured boy, who was found on a patch of grass.They found the boy gravely injured and rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center where we was listed in critical condition. The boy suffered several broken bones and internal bleeding. He has already undergone surgery for brain hemorrhaging.
Police are considering the fact to be an accident. Neighbors describe the boy’s parents as attentive and caring. They believes the boy would not have known how dangerous the window was. A spokesperson for the city's Administration for Children's Services released a statement saying, "Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case with the NYPD."