A 4-year-old boy was left in critical condition on Sunday after a screen gave way and he fell from the second-story window onto a concrete patio below in Waconia, Minn.
Waconia Sheriff Jim Olson said police responded to the 1300-block of Creekside Circle Sunday afternoon after Quinn Ruhl Larson had reportedly fallen onto a concrete patio. He was unresponsive, but breathing, and had a large bump on his head. The window screen was lying next to where he was found.
Quinn was brought to Ridgeview Hospital and transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center and was last reported in critical condition.
Investigators learned the family had recently moved to the home and the parents were upstairs assembling furniture in the bedrooms when Quinn went to the main floor. He had likely been climbing on the sofa and looking out the window when the screen gave way. His parents said the windows were open and screens were in place.
A neighbor who was outside heard the fall and found the boy on the patio, told his parents and called 911.
“Windows open just five inches can create a hazard for young children. And window screens are designed to keep insects out but offer very little protection to keep kids in,” Sheriff Olson said.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.