WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (WJW) — Police in Willoughby Hills are investigating the tragic death of a 2-year-old boy, who fell from the 11th floor of an apartment building early Wednesday morning according to WJW.
Investigators said the window of the child’s bedroom was open and he was able to push open the screen.
Officers and paramedics rushed to the Willoughby Hills Towers apartment complex on Chardon Road after a security guard reported a small child fell out of the window and onto the parking deck below.
“There were two residents on the back of the building. I came to the back of the building, and they said they just came outside and the child was laying right there,” the 911 caller told dispatch.
Detectives said 2-year-old Anthony Suttles Jr. was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead a short time later. They said the child’s mother put him and a sibling to bed about an hour before he pushed the screen out and fell from the window, which had been left open.
Police said the mother and father were in the living room, unaware he had fallen.
“Thus far, our investigation has shown this was a pure accident. You know we have not received any type of information that tells us otherwise,” Det. Ron Parmertor said.
Investigators said the tragedy should serve as a warning to other parents about the dangers of open and unlocked windows in high-rise apartments.
“Just know that 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, you know, they’re climbers. Just think about when your kids are in their cribs,” he said. “How many children climb out of their cribs? You know, that’s one of the first instincts that they learn how to do.”