July 29, 2014

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Elyria girl hurt after window fall

Two-year-old plummets 15 feet, is hospitalized with head injury
 
ELYRIA — An Elyria toddler was listed in critical condition with a severe skull fracture late Saturday after she fell from a second-floor window at an apartment building, the girl’s family and a hospital spokeswoman said.
Cora Mae Gentry, 2, also was suffering from broken ribs and a collapsed lung at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical, where she was taken after she fell two stories from a window at her parents’ West Avenue apartment, said Michelle Harvey, the child’s grandmother. 
A police report on the fall was not available late Saturday, and a spokes-man for Elyria police did not return calls seeking comment.
However, Harvey said the child was in the apartment at Second Street and West Avenue with her father when she climbed up onto a table near the window.
At about 1:30 p.m., Cora fell off the table and into the open window, which had a thin vinyl screen, Harvey said. The screen popped out and the child fell about 15 feet to the ground.
The apartment building sits immediately across the street from the LifeCare ambulance station on West Avenue, so LifeCare paramedics were on scene within seconds, Harvey said.
Paramedics stabilized the girl and took her to EMH Regional Medical Center, where she was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth in Cleveland, Harvey said, adding that the girl still was being examined by a neurosurgeon Saturday evening.
Harvey said the broken ribs and collapsed lung weren’t the doctors’ primary concern, as they were more concerned about Cora’s severe head trauma.
“I just hope she’s going to be OK,” Harvey said. “She’s such a smart little girl. But she was always into everything, always climbing around.”
Harvey said Cora’s mother and father — Jeremy Gentry, her son — moved into the apartment about 10 months ago, but were planning to move out and buy a house within the next few months.
“He’s pretty upset,” Harvey said of her son. “I’m not mad at him; I’m just mad it happened.”
Harvey said the screens were flimsy and scarcely appropriate for a second-story window, especially with children around.
Elyria police would not say if they were considering any charges, nor would they say if they’d talked to the apartment building’s owner.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.