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3-year-old boy falls dead from 18th floor of Uptown skyscraper

CHICAGO (CBS) – A 3-year-old boy fell from the 18th floor of a high-rise in the Uptown community and died Tuesday night.

According to police, at 7 p.m., the boy fell from an 18th-floor window in the North Tower of the Lake View Towers complex, a two-tower complex located at 4550 N. Clarendon Ave., just off Wilson Avenue.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, people walked past and looked up — before shaking their heads in disbelief. There was grief among the neighbors after learning what had happened.

It was unclear on Tuesday night who was in the apartment with the boy when he fell. But we do know that building windows open inwards, leaving enough space for an arm to fit through.

But in this case, there was enough room for the 3-year-old to slip through the window and through a screen.

The boy landed on a three-story parking structure that stands between the two 26-story towers.

Emergency crews performed CPR at the scene, but the boy was later pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Witnesses said a woman – possibly the boy’s mother – broke down in tears in the hallway.

“She’s on the ground – I saw. She’s on the ground,” one woman said. “Very sore right now…. She’s not feeling well.”

Police remained at the scene at 10 p.m. All signs point to a tragic accident, but police late Tuesday were still documenting how it all happened.

A neighbor said Tuesday evening that she was going to watch her children even more closely because of the incident.


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