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Child OK after four-story fall

By Daniel Silliman
July 2006

A 2-year-old fell about 35 feet from an apartment window, but wasn’t hurt.

“I think God was there holding his hand,” said Carolina Sena, a friend speaking for the boy’s family, “because it was a miracle.”

The boy, Elias, and his 4-year-old sister were reportedly playing in the back bedroom of a fourth-floor apartment, at 3130 Summer Court, on Sunday afternoon. The children’s parents were in the Jonesboro home, according to the Clayton County Police report, and were told by their daughter that the 2-year-old had fallen out of the window.

According to the little girl, she had opened the bedroom window and her brother pushed on the screen, which popped out.

The boy fell out after the screen, tumbling down from the window and landing in a bush.

An ambulance was called at about 12:55 p.m. Paramedics found the 2-year-old with no apparent injuries, but flew him to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, to be safe.

Doctors released him Monday.

On Monday afternoon, Elias was back with his parents, playing happily in the apartment. He had no broken bones and only a few scratches to show for the fall, Sena said.

When his father picked him up, out of the bush, he wasn’t even crying, according to the family.

“He didn’t cry,” Sena said. “He was asking, ‘Mommy! Mommy!’ He was fine. He never lost consciousness. The doctors, they can’t believe it.”

Clayton County Deputy Police Chief Greg Porter said he couldn’t believe it either.

The incident was ruled “just a freak accident,” Porter said, and the parents are not facing charges.


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