A soon-to-be 2-year-old boy was airlifted to a trauma center after falling from a second-story window at least 12 feet high and onto the concrete pavement below.
Paramedics and law enforcement say the fall at the Royal Palm Terrace Apartments, 5030 26th St. E., Bradenton, appears to have been an accident.
The boy — who was clutching a stuffed animal when he was wheeled on a stretcher to a medical helicopter — was alert and conscious, according to Manatee County EMS District Chief Allison Skinner. Thursday will be his second birthday.
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“It appears it is nothing other than an accident,” Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said.
A detective with the sheriff’s office is investigating the fall.
At 1:19 p.m. Tuesday, the boy’s mother had been cleaning and had the windows open to air out the second-story apartment. She noticed the boy missing from the room after hearing her 4-year-old son saying something about “not going out the window,” according to Bristow. She ran downstairs and discovered her son on the pavement.
Paramedics say the screen had popped out of the window, and the boy fell out, according to Skinner.
“Due to the boy’s size and the height of the fall, we declared it a trauma alert,” she said.
Southern Manatee Fire were first on scene, followed by EMS, who began to treat him immediately on scene, although he did not appear to have any visible injuries.
Thanks to the assistance of Southern Manatee and due to the nature of the call, Skinner said they were able to have the helicopter on standby. Once they decided to transport the boy, Aero Med responded to the parking lot of the nearby Carmike Royal Palm movie theater and picked up the boy.