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Child falls from 3rd story balcony

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 4-year-old boy has been hospitalized after falling almost three stories from an apartment building and hitting the concrete below.

The incident happened at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, at 1752 N.W. Third Terrace, at Hidden Harbor Condominiums.

Neighbors said the mother was bringing groceries into her unit with her son. At some point, she turned away from him, and he leaned against the railing and plummeted to the ground. "The mother was putting away groceries, and he was just outside, might have leaned against the rail or something," said neighbor Mary Sturm.

Fire rescuers estimate the child fell some 25 feet.

According to witnesses, the boy leaned against the metal railing along the outside of the apartment unit and fell through the vertical bars. They said he was crying after he fell on the pavement below, which was at least a good sign that he never lost consciousness. "I just heard the mother screaming," said another neighbor, Patrick Pierson. "I came out here to see what was going on."

Pierson said he called 911 after seeing the boy on his side on the concert below.

Pierson, who is a member of the condo board, said bars have fallen off the railing before and said he has made several phone calls to have the bars checked and fixed.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health Medical Center. They said he was conscious during transport. His condition remains unknown at this time. "He's very sweet and a very active little boy," said Sturm.

"It is just a miracle that they say he's gonna be OK. I really hope he is," said Pierson

Neighbors said the boy lives in this condo complex with his mother and father.

Fort Lauderdale Police are calling it an accident. They do not expect to file any criminal charges against the parents.


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