Next Score View the next score

    Medford child falls from third-floor window

    MEDFORD — A small child fell out of a third-floor window at an apartment building late Saturday afternoon and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, police said.

    The child, who is three years old, was taken to Mass. General for treatment of what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, said Lieutenant Paul F. Covino, the department’s spokesman.

    In a statement, Covino said the preliminary investigation indicates that there was no foul play.


    “It appears that the child was playing on a couch that was close to a window when he fell out of the window,” the statement said.

    Get Metro Headlines in your inbox:
    The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    His mother was in a nearby bedroom attending to her newborn when the three-year-old fell out the open window, according to the statement.

    The incident is still under investigation.

    Medford police and fire responded to a 911 call around 4:12 p.m. at the Wellington Place Apartments at 30 Brainard Ave.

    Emma Alexandre, who lives in the building, said she was standing outside talking with friends when they heard a “thump,” and turned around to find a “a little boy on the [pavement] “in front of the building.


    “He was just on the [ground] laying there,” she said. “I was scared because I didn’t know what to do.”

    She rushed to help the boy, while her friend dialed 911.

    The child had blood at his face and at first did not seem responsive, Alexandre said.

    But he started to cry when she picked him up.

    “We sat there, like, screaming for . . . whoever was in the house,” she said.


    A woman looked out from a window in the building, she said.

    According to the statement, the first officers on the scene observed a commotion in the lobby of the apartment building. The child’s grandmother, who spoke limited English, tried to bring the child back into the apartment.

    The officers and others at the scene convinced her to put the child down, and officers began assessing his injuries, the statement said.

    The child’s fall is the latest in a string of incidents where children in Greater Boston have fallen out of windows.

    Earlier this month, a 5-year-old girl died after falling out of a fourth-floor window at an apartment complex in Brookline. A 5-year-old boy survived a fall from a seventh floor window in Quincy, the Associated Press reported.

    In June, a 2-year-old in Chelsea survived a 16-foot fall from his second floor bedroom window when he landed on a stuffed cow. About a week later, a 3-year-old fell out of a third-story window in Framingham.

    This story has been updated to reflect the latest information from Medford Police.

    Kiana Cole can be reached at Abigail Feldman can be reached at