NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old girl who fell out of a window while jumping on her bed in her family’s Newark apartment has died.
Essex County prosecutors said the accident occurred shortly before midnight Monday at a building on 14th Avenue. The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
She has been identified as 6-year-old Yodia Encarnacion.
Authorities said the girl was in her family’s third-floor apartment when she fell.
Neighbors could hear the desperate screams of the child’s mother, CBS2’s Reena Roy reported.
Detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office have been in and out of the building all morning.
“I know the mom, I just saw her outside, she was crying. My heart is breaking for her,” said Lissette Jiminez.
“It was around 11, 12 o’clock and I heard a big boom,” the building’s manager told Roy. “I thought it was somebody throwing trash out the window. Afterwards I heard a lady knocking on the door, saying her child, her child.”
The manager said the mother and child lived there together for about four months.
“The little girl, she was breathing. She was breathing the whole time before the paramedics came, police came and everything. I’m not understanding how she died,” he said. “When the police asked the adults, the adults said they were in the kitchen and the kids were in the back, playing.”
“Great mother. All the time together. She was the only daughter,” Jiminez said. “Very nice, playful.”
The manager told Roy they install window guards in the building, but he wasn’t sure if they had been put on that window.
“We put in window guards, we put in screens, all that. If the window guards go, we can’t help if tenants take them away or anything like that, that’s not our responsibility,” he said.
Authorities say the death remains under investigation, but said so far, no charges are expected.
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