A 3-year-old boy from the Bronx was lucky to be alive after falling from a bedroom window on the fifth floor of an apartment building recently. The toddler broke only his femur.
After falling five stories out of his family's apartment window, the young boy with Down syndrome struck a store awning and hit the ground. He is currently recovering in a New York hospital.
The surveillance video from one of the stores in the Bronx shows the little boy, identified as Jose Garcia, falling around 1 p.m. The people on the scene immediately helped him and called 911.
The New York City Apartment where 3-year-old Jose Garcia fell recently. | Photo: YouTube/CBS New York
According to a statement to PEOPLE, New York Police confirmed that the boy was in the bedroom at home in the Bronx around 1 p.m. with his mother when she temporarily stepped away.
The mother learned about her son's fall from the bedroom window only after a neighbor knocked on their door and alerted her. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for a broken femur bone.
Surveillance video from a Bronx store shows Jose Garcia on the ground | Photo: YouTube/CBS New York
The aunt of Jose, Rosmary Santelises, said in an interview that she was heartbroken because they were always aware of his whereabouts and the accident occurred quickly. She referred to him as the angel in the house.
In related news, a toddler in Washington was taken to a hospital after falling from a window last month.
Surveillance video from a Bronx store shows a woman helping Jose Garcia. | Photo: YouTube/CBS New York
Family members told media that Jose was home with his mother, sister, and aunt when he removed cardboard flaps that surround the air conditioning unit in the window and fell.
In the surveillance video, his aunt can be seen looking distraught and covering her face. Meanwhile, after checking on her brother downstairs, Jose's sister Mia could not contain her tears.
In related news, a toddler in Washington was taken to a hospital after falling from a window last month. Fire authorities at the Marysville Fire District confirmed the incident in a post on their Facebook page.
As the post revealed, the toddler landed nearly six feet below the ground on the concrete when he fell out of a first-floor window. A fire district spokesperson told people that the kid was a boy.
The Marysville Fire District advised parents to check their windows and install guards or locks to prevent them from opening fully, as screens may collapse under the weight of a child.
They suggested parents move furniture away from the window so children won't climb them. If an unfortunate event occurs where a child falls from a window, the parents must call 911 immediately.
An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio
Meanwhile, on May 4, 2021, Gerry and Melinda Standley slept peacefully when their Hattiesburg, Mississippi, home was smashed by a plane. The house on Annie Christie Drive caught fire.
The couple, their daughter Arrianna, and grandson Eli were all in the house when the fire occurred. Melinda and the children were able to escape the fire with only minor injuries, but Gerry did not make it.