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4-year-old falls from 2nd-story window

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A 4-year-old boy in Waconia suffered a head injury when he fell from a second-story window to a concrete patio on Sunday, KSTP reports.

The boy was rushed to the hospital after the 12:20 p.m. incident, and he was in critical condition, the Chanhassen Villager reports.

The boy had been playing on a couch at the home when he pushed out a window screen and fell, a neighbor told WCCO.

The boy was breathing but unresponsive, the Villager reports. The family moved into the house in the town roughly 35 miles southwest of Minneapolis about a week ago, neighbors told the station.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told the Villager that his heart breaks for the family. He also reminded parents that window screens "are designed to keep insects out but offer very little protection to keep kids in.”

Safety experts remind homeowners to take extra care in summer months to secure windows. More than 5,000 children fall from windows each year, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital has estimated that the problem is even more grave: nearly 15,000 window-fall injuries annually, with 15 to 20 fatalities of children under the age of 11.

Nationwide Children's has tips for preventing such falls, including: Move all furniture away from windows, and create soft landing surfaces such as bushes or plant beds under windows in case of falls.

“When it comes to window safety, there is no substitute for the importance of adult supervision of children around windows to help keep them safe," said Amy Artuso Heinzen, program manager for the National Safety Council, which also has safety tips.

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