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Four-year-old in critical condition after fall from window in Dorchester, police say

A 4-year-old child was seriously injured after apparently falling from a fourth-story window on American Legion Highway, in Dorchester.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

A 4-year-old boy was in critical condition Wednesday night after he fell from the fourth-story window of a residential building near Franklin Park in Dorchester, stunning witnesses and residents as some rushed to comfort the child’s mother as she held him in her arms.

Police responded to a 911 call at 3:17 p.m. for a report of a child that had fallen from a window at 12 American Legion Highway, Boston Police Bureau of Investigative Services Superintendent Felipe Colon told reporters at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim suffering serious, life-threatening injuries, Colon said.

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“The victim was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS and his condition is listed as critical,” Colon said. “At this time this is an active and fluid investigation.”

The boy’s mother, Erika Moon, returned home from the hospital around 9:15 p.m. She said that her son’s condition remained critical and that she was waiting for a call from the hospital to find out when she could be with him again.

Moon said there were guardrails over the window but her son, whose name is Isaak, was able to open them.

“He has spectrum autism, no sense of danger whatsoever,” Moon said. “He opened the railing door, opened the window, and fell out the window. Then I come running down, screaming to get help, and the ambulance came.”

Moon said Isaak wasn’t breathing when she picked him up.

Anjolis Santana said she lives on the fourth floor and called 911 after she heard screaming outside and saw a woman holding a child who appeared to be unconscious. She said she then ran downstairs and tried to comfort the woman until first responders arrived.

“When looking at him lying in his mother’s arms, it was like looking at my own child,” Santana said in Spanish to a Globe reporter.

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Boston police homicide detectives and the crimes against children division are investigating along with the Suffolk district attorney’s office, Colon said. No arrests have been made, he said.

The state Division of Children and Families was notified of the incident and is also investigating, a spokesperson confirmed in an e-mail.

The property is a four-story brick residential building across the street from Franklin Park and near the intersection of American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Avenue.

The area in front of the building was roped off with yellow police tape Wednesday evening as police vehicles packed in along the street and officers entered and exited the building. Investigators were seen standing in a fourth-story unit opening and closing a window.

Initial information provided by police described the victim as an infant.

Yara Ortiz, a woman who lives on the third floor, said she called 911 after she heard a woman cry out and then saw the child on the ground. The incident left her thinking about her own son who had celebrated his 10th birthday the day before.

“My heart was broken because I love kids,” Ortiz said in Spanish to a Globe reporter. “I never imagined this sort of experience would happen so close to me.”

The boy’s family should “just pray and have faith in God, that He will bring life to the child,” she said.


Camilo Fonseca can be reached at camilo.fonseca@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @fonseca_esq. Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.