Two children fell approximately 55 feet from an apartment building in south Minneapolis on Thursday, with one of them dying from their injuries.
That's according to an update on the tragic Thursday incident given by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, who described what happened as an "accident."
The children, aged 1-and-a-half and 3, fell Thursday afternoon from the Karmel Village apartments in the 2800 block of Pleasant Ave. S.
The boys, who are brothers, landed on a patio where witnesses rushed to the scene to render aid.
First responders arrived and transported both boys to Hennepin County Medical Center. Sadly, one of the boys died. The other remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
"These people should be considered heroes," Elder said of the witnesses who rushed to help. "These people witnessed something that was tragic and horrific, and instead of freezing up they acted, and they acted to try to help and save these children."
Police are not releasing any information about the boy who died.
It was reported Thursday that the boys fell from a window, but the latest update from police indicates that they fell "off of or out of the building." Elder said the boys were able to climb over a concrete barrier and then fell from a ledge.
Elder said there is "no indication" that the fall was "caused by anything other than the children themselves."
"As a standard protocol, child protection is brought into cases like this and they will be doing a review of what happened," he added, noting that the boys under the supervision of an adult deemed credible and capable.
Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the incident.