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Farmington child hurt in fall from window

Two children have fallen out of windows in Farmington homes this week. One child was unharmed, the other was airlifted to an area hospital.

In both cases, a toddler pushed on the screen of a window, causing the screen to pop out and the child to fall through the window.

According to Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist, Tuesday's accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a home on the 19600 block of Evensong Avenue. Farmington police officers Dan Miller and Jason Amundson were the first to arrive at the home.

When they arrived, the officers found the child inside the home with his parents. In talking with the boy's parents, officers learned that the child had been fallen through an open window on the home's second floor. The window was low to the floor, and the screen was in. The child pushed onto the screen, causing the screen to pop out. The child's momentum carried him out the window. The boy landed on a concrete patio.

The child was conscious and breathing, though his parents told medics the boy was lethargic. He was put onto a backboard and transported by ambulance to a field on 195th Street and Pilot Knob Road.

The boy was then airlifted to Regions hospital, which is standard procedure when there may be a neck or back injury. Farmington fire chief Tim Pietsch said the child's injuries caused enough concern that medics felt the boy should be transported via helicopter.

"If they're lethargic, there's a reason behind it," Pietsch said. "Generally kids are pretty resilient. If they fall out and land on grass, a lot of times they don't suffer any serious consequences. I think in the case of the one yesterday, when you fall on concrete, that's pretty unforgiving territory there."

While this isn't the first time Farmington rescue workers have responded to reports of a child falling from a window -- usually they get one call every year -- Pietsch said it is unusual that two such accidents occur just days apart.

More often than not, he said, these types of accident involve toddlers who do not understand the risk involved in playing near open windows. He suggests parents become more aware of the potential danger and stay close to young children when accessible windows are open.

"When you think of a 16-month-old, or a 2-year-old, they're into everything. You turn around and they're gone. They're playing. They're climbing. Maybe just putting their hands up on the screen is all it takes. For a kid that age, it only takes a second for those things to happen," Pietsch said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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