The 4-year-old Boise boy who fell from a fifth-floor Downtown apartment window Tuesday evening is still hospitalized, Boise police said Friday. But his condition has stabilized and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Police have also concluded the fall was an accident and don’t expect to file any charges.
Boise police confirmed that the child lives in a fifth-floor apartment at the Civic Plaza Apartments in Downtown Boise. Tiana Fuqua, who also lives at the apartment complex, earlier this week described hearing the boy after he landed and comforting him while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
“I tried to console him; I rubbed his back and told him he was going to be OK,” she said. “I told him paramedics were coming.”
The victim’s family, said police, wishes to thank the public for their concern and asked for privacy at this time.
Nearly 5,200 children per year are injured or die after falling out of windows, according to a 2011 national study published in the journal “Pediatrics.” Most incidents are reported in bigger cities with taller buildings than Boise’s.
Experts say parents can help prevent accidents by installing window guards to prevent them from opening wide enough for a child to get through. They also advise not placing furniture in front of windows. Shrubs and other landscaping in front of buildings can provide softer surfaces in case of a fall.