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4-year-old falls from 2nd-story window

By Leland Pinder
WCTI Staff
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:05:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2014 06:33:11 PM CDT
HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY -

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition after falling out of a second-story window in Craven County, officials told NewsChannel 12.

It happened at 2:18 p.m. Monday at the Pine Villa apartment complex at 157 Brown Blvd. in Havelock, said police

The 4-year-old girl was playing with other children at a window sill in a second-floor room when she fell backward through a window screen, police said. She fell nearly 15 feet onto a concrete slab.

"That's a far way to fall for a child,"  said neighbor Rosita McLaurin.

The girl was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she was in critical condition as of Tuesday, said Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus.

The 4-year-old may have climbed onto the window sill to try to get to the top of a bunk bed, police said. The girl's mother and grandfather were downstairs when she fell. It's considered an accident and no charges will be filed, police added.

The name of the child has not been released.

"You just have to be aware of what your kids are doing. That's all you can try to do," said neighbor Aaron Butler.

The girl's family had just moved in about a month ago, neighbors said. Some left supportive notes on the family's front door, sending well wishes and prayers.

One note read, "We're praying for you." Another said, "An amazing family lives here."