Lakewood police call child’s fall from apartment window ‘very unfortunate tragedy’

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio- Police say a 14-month-old boy, who died after falling nine stories, appears to have fallen through a screen on a bedroom window.

Lakewood Police Cpt. Ed Hassing told Fox 8 News on Thursday the screen was found on the ground near where the boy landed late Wednesday.

Authorities were called to The Castlewood apartment building on Detroit Avenue just before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A frantic caller told the dispatcher that the infant was still alive at the time. The child was taken to Metrohealth Medical Center, where he later died.

Police on Thursday identified the toddler as Kwaku Nuamah.

Hassing told Fox 8 the bottom ledge of the window was only about 13 and a half inches from the floor in the bedroom.  Investigators determined the child fell 72 feet to the ground below.

“From what I understand, the parents were really very good about child-proofing their the apartment they were living in. This seems to be a very unfortunate tragedy. You just really have to cross all the Ts and dot all the Is when it comes to child-proofing an apartment or any place where you live where you have small kids,” Hassing said.

Although describing the boy’s death as a terrible tragedy, police were also completing an investigation that will be turned over to the Lakewood prosecutor, who will determine if any charges would be filed.

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