A three-year-old child was taken to hospital on Sunday after falling from a second-floor window in what Surrey police are calling a “tragic accident.”
According to a release from Surrey RCMP, the toddler, who has not been identified, fell out of the window at a home in the 13900 block of 64A Avenue.
Police believe the child leaned or fell against an open window which had a screen on it. The screen then gave way, they say, and the child fell through the window to the patio below.
None of the family members present were close enough to catch the child before the fall, say police.
Surrey RCMP attended the scene, and the Surrey Fire Department treated the toddler, before they were taken to hospital.
The child remained in hospital overnight for observation and the Ministry of Children and Family Services is following up with the family.
“This appears to be a tragic accident that could have ended much worse,” said Staff Sgt. M A Hedderson in the release.
“The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police wish to remind parents to be vigilant with their children.”
Hedderson says parents need to be aware that children can easily fall through windows, even with screens on them, and “serious injury can easily and quickly occur.”