NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A funeral will be held Thursday for a Brooklyn toddler who fell to his death from an apartment building window.
Around 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday, police said 21-month-old Levi Nemon somehow climbed out his family’s sixth-floor apartment window on Crown Street and landed on a balcony three stories down.
Neighbors like Chaya Grossman said it wasn’t initially clear where the boy landed, which lead to a frantic search.
“I heard a mom yelling and EMT,” she said. “They were jumping from porch to porch and they were trying to locate the child.”
Using ladders, emergency responders eventually located Nemon on a third floor balcony. He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
There were no protective bars in the window where the child lived and by law, owners of apartment buildings are required to provide window guards for tenants with children ages ten and under.
Nemon apparently climbed from a crib onto a dresser next to the open window, authorities said.
As the city’s health department investigates the case, residents hope this horrible accident will encourage parents to make sure their windows are safe.
“I think parents should get railings for their windows because I’m sure it’s not her fault, but you have to do preventative measures,” Grossman said.
A health department spokesperson said New Yorkers with small children should contact their building’s owner to request guards and to make sure they are properly installed.
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