Freak toddler accidents highlight grim trend in county

A toddler who fell out of a third-story window Sunday afternoon and remained in critical condition Monday was the second in a week to have fallen out of a window in San Mateo County.

Last week, a 5-year-old girl fell from of a second-story window on Grand Avenue in South San Francisco, police confirmed. The girl was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where she underwent CAT scans and was later released.

Public health officials warned Monday that though the two incidents may seem like freak accidents, falls out of high windows are not uncommon.

Between 2000 and 2005, 19 children in San Mateo County were hospitalized because of falls from windows, according to the county’s Health Department. In 2006, a child died from a fall out of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame.

Itis yet to be determined whether the 18-month-old who fell from the San Mateo window will fare as well as the 5-year-old girl. As of midday Monday, the toddler was still in critical condition at Stanford Medical Center and was being treated for severe head trauma, a punctured lung and bleeding in the brain, San Mateo police said.

The boy apparently climbed up onto a table and leaned against the screen of an open window. He then fell about 21 feet onto the concrete below, behind an apartment complex on the 100 block of South Boulevard, according to San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi.

kworth@examiner.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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