Friday, September 4, 2009

A Death on Dane Street

"There's one more kid that'll never go to school / Never get to fall in love/ Never get to be cool." -- Neil Young, Rockin' in the Free World

This story should serve as a reminder to any parent of small children that along with the more commonly discussed threats to kids' well-being is the danger that comes from open windows. I know I cringe every time I see that people on the floor of my building, which is 70 feet up from the asphalt, open the screenless windows in the common area despite the repeated instruction not to do it. It's safe enough for adults, but it puts us only one curious, unsupervised child away from a terrible tragedy.

In this case, a 5 year-old child on Dane Street (Salem to Fletcher, northern 'tip' of the Acre) fell three stories. He survived the initial fall but died shortly thereafter.

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