Police urge caution after 3 toddlers fall out windows

Michelle Theriault Boots

The Anchorage Police Department is warning parents to be cautious after three separate incidents in a week involving toddler-aged children falling out of windows opened in the warm weather.

None of the cases are thought to involve neglect and no parents have been charged with a crime, said APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.

Two of the incidents happened within ten minutes of each other in Eagle River Tuesday night.

In the first one, a 2-year-old living at a home on the 11000 block of Regency Drive fell out a second story window just after 9:30 p.m. The child had injuries to the face and was taken to a local hospital. Police found a window screen in the driveway.

The second incident happened 10 minutes later at a home on the 8900 block of Eagle Place Loop. In that case a baby old enough to crawl fell out a second story window, police said.

A third incident involved a 1-year-old falling from a third-story window in an apartment building in the Fairview neighborhood last Wednesday. The child had apparently been on a bed pushed up against the window, said Castro.

The recent stretch of warm weather has people cracking windows they don't usually open, Castro said.

"People aren't thinking of (the danger of a fall) because we don't do that in our daily lives," she said.


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