UPDATE: Child Dies After Falling Out Apartment Window in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood

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June 05, 2014 11:35

  

The 4-year-old boy who died last night has been identified as Addison Rojas-Casteneda. He suffered fatal injuries after falling from an upper window at his residence.

Detectives were able to determine that the fall was accidental after the boy leaned against the window screen to talk to a friend outside. The screen broke loose and the boy fell through the window.

This case is a tragic reminder of the dangers of upper floor windows.

Randall Children's Hospital and Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind parents that these types of tragic accidents are preventable.

Please consider the following safety tips:

* Keep play away from windows.
* Only allow windows to open 4 inches, and install window stops and/or window guards that can be removed by an adult in an emergency.
* Lock windows when not in use.
* Open windows from the top and use a window stop for the bottom.
* Prevent climbing. Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
* Actively watch children near windows.

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This evening, Wednesday June 4, 2014, at 7:17 p.m., North Precinct officers and firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the Miraflores Apartments, located at 8925 North Newell Avenue, on the report that a small child fell out an upper story window and was critically injured.

Officers and firefighters arrived, along with medical personnel who transported the 4-year-old boy to a Portland hospital, where the child died after life-saving efforts were not successful.

Preliminary information indicates this tragic incident may have been an accidental fall, but detectives from the Homicide Detail and Child Abuse Team have responded to conduct an investigation along with Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division.

No additional information will be available this evening.

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