Ohio Girl, 2, Plunges Out of 2nd-story Window, Walks Away Unhurt: 'We're very fortunate'

A two-year-old Ohio girl is "very fortunate" to have come away unscathed after falling out of a two-story window, police have said.

The toddler dropped from the window while her mother was having a shower and thought the father was taking care of the child, local Ohio newspaper The Morning Journal reported citing police.

Police in the city of Elyria, 23 miles southwest of Cleveland, were called to a home on 138 Tedman Court on Tuesday evening after the child fell from the opening.

Paramedics and police arrived on the scene at around 7:30 p.m., and checked the condition of the child at Tedman Court, to the south of downtown Elyria.

Elyria police Captain Chris Costantino told The Morning Journal that officers found the girl had not suffered any visible signs of injury. Paramedics couldn't see anything wrong with the child, either. "We're very fortunate," he said.

Neither the toddler nor her parents and carers were identified in The Morning Journal report.

Costantino told the newspaper the girl's mother "apparently thought the child's father and cousin were watching the girl."

"The dad said he was in the back working on something, and the cousin saw the girl go upstairs and assumed she was with her mother," he said.

The girl was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, around 2 miles away from where she dropped. The toddler was in a good condition, according to Costantino.

"She was talking and laughing, so it appears she will be okay," the captain said.

However, the girl will be taken to Rainbow's Babies and Children's Hospital, which is part of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, around 30 miles away in Cleveland, to check she was not harmed.

Elyria police have launched an investigation into the incident. The force is working with Lorain County Children's Service to understand why the child was left unattended.

Costantino urged parents to take precautions to protect their children from such incidents.

He told The Morning Journal: "It would be difficult for a child to remove a window screen. Parents, with small children, should have them installed to prevent something like this."

Around 3,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized and eight die each year from falling out of windows, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states.

Tammy Franks, home and community program manager for the National Safety Council, told Newsweek: "Falls from windows happen more often than people might think. To prevent these life-threatening incidents, parents and caregivers should always supervise children and ask about window safety when their child visits other homes.

"Windows should be closed and locked when not in use, and furniture—or anything children can climb on—should be kept away from windows. Lastly, never rely on a screen to keep a child from falling from a window. Screens keep bugs out, but they don't keep kids in. Install window stops or guards for any windows that are 6 feet or higher from the ground."

This article has been updated with comment from Tammy Franks.

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