October 21, 2014

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Toddler hurt by falling TV

LORAIN — A Lorain toddler is recovering at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland after a 32-inch tube television fell on her Tuesday morning.

The 18-month-old is now in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

Police were sent to a home in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue at 11:10 a.m. after the child’s mother, 19-year-old Gabrielle Meadows, called 911.

Meadows, who was staying at a friend’s house, told police she and her friend were in the kitchen smoking when they heard a loud crash. Meadows’s daughter was found unconscious in the living room with a television and a dresser on top of her, according to a police report.

The child was conscious and crying when police arrived and transferred to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being flown to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Police said the television, which weighed approximately 150 pounds, was lying on the ground, as well as well as a large wooden dresser that held the TV.

Meadows told police her daughter had been watching TV and eating Cheetos in the living room by herself, and she believed the girl pulled out a dresser drawer, causing both the TV and dresser to fall.

A report of the incident was sent to Lorain County Children Services.

Patti-Jo Burtnett, spokeswoman for the agency, said the agency is aware of the incident and is conducting its own assessment.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.