3-year-old dies after falling from balcony in NYC

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 16: A Minneapolis Police officer rolls up caution tape at a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Police Department has been under close scrutiny following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after former officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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A toddler died after falling off the balcony of a high rise in Harlem, New York City. On Saturday, police found a three-year-old boy sprawled across the fifth floor scaffolding of the Taino Towers residential complex after he fell off the 29th floor. Neighbors said they heard adult’s from the boy’s unit arguing on the terrace shortly before they heard a “big thump.”

Nidia Cordero, a close neighbor of the family who would often lend money to the boy’s mother for milk and diapers said the family has a history of domestic violence.

“There was a fight every single day, said Cordero. “There was not one day that there was not a fight.”

Witnesses recalled hearing the child’s mother scream from the street below as the father ran down the stairs in tears. He reportedly attempted to climb onto the scaffolding to get his child, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

“You got to watch your children,” voiced a neighbor. “You take your eyes off a kid one time and your done. Anything can happen.”

The toddler was immediately rushed to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, how the boy fell exactly remains under investigation. Officials do not know whether the boy fell from a window or balcony, but under New York City law owners of apartment buildings are required to install window guards if a tenant is under the age of 10.

In the meantime, authorities said a preliminary investigation showed the child’s death was accidental.

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