Baby, 3, seriously injured from 20-foot fall from window

Published  1:16 PM HST Sep 04, 2013
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A 3-year-old baby boy was hospitalized in serious condition after about 20 feet from a window at a building near Ala Moana Center Wednesday, according to Emergency Medical Services officials.

Paramedics were called at around 12:35 p.m. to the Atkinson Plaza on Atkinson Drive.

The boy apparently climbed onto a third floor window sill and fell out.  The toddler landed on a ledge that makes up the entrance of the Atkinson Plaza, which means a three-story fall of about 40 feet turned into a 20-foot fall.

It's not known who was watching the toddler at the time, but three bystanders heard screams for  help.

"This guy in the red shirt was trying to climb up, and I was like, 'What's going on?  Do you need help?'" said Drew Tandal.  "Was trying to help him.  He said, 'A baby fell.'  I was like 'Oh my God.'  So, I went and I was like, 'OK, it'll probably be a little easier for me.'  He helped me get up."

Tandal continued, "I end up pushing him up and then he went up and the other gentleman climbed up on the other side and they went up just to keep the baby safe.  I mean, I was in shock.  It was crazy."

"This is an accident.  Obviously, kids will be kids," said Kelly Yamamoto from Emergency Medical Services.  "They will get into all kinds of messes.  We just want to raise awareness, because like I said, it happens more often than it should."

KITV4 News spoke with a woman who didn't want to be on camera who identified herself as the boy's aunt.  She says he arrived from Corona, Calif. on Saturday to give his mother a rest, who had just given birth.

The boy's aunt says he suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and damage to his spleen.

Click here to see the report by Andrew Pereira.

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