October 23, 2014

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Tot who fell from window improves to fair condition


ELYRIA — A toddler who fell from a second-story window and suffered a severe skull fracture is improving.
Cora Mae Gentry, 2, was upgraded to fair condition as of Monday evening at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. For two days, she had been listed in critical condition after family members said she fell from a table near an open window and toppled through the thin vinyl screen at her West Avenue apartment.
She also suffered from broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said no charges will be filed against the parents as the incident was deemed as an accident. As far as the possibility of holding the landlord liable, Eichenlaub said the matter is not a criminal one, and the only recourse the family may seek is through civil litigation.
Cora is the second Elyria toddler to take a nasty tumble out of a second-floor window in recent months.
Last month, a 3-year-boy fell from his bedroom window after he tried to peek out the window of his home on Middle Avenue, near 10th Street, at a group of police officers outside. He landed on his stomach on a patch of well-worn lawn and was rushed to the hospital.
Brennen Bullocks spent three days at MetroHealth after sustaining far less severe injuries than Cora. He suffered a black eye, a small fracture of the cheekbone, a fractured wrist, and cuts and bruises.
Both incidents point out the need to safeguard homes in which there are young children.
Safety agencies recommend that windows on all second-story windows and above be equipped with window guards.
Window guards are metal protectors that are screwed into the side of a window frame and have bars no more than
4 inches apart. New regulations adopted in 2000 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission mandates that all window guards be strong enough to prevent a fall, but be opened easily for escape in the event of a fire.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.