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Police: Parents Not Charged After Child Falls From Balcony

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Northglenn will not recommend charges for the parents of a toddler who survived falling from a third-story balcony.

The 2-year-old boy fell from the balcony of his parent’s apartment at the Webster Lake Apartments located at 11701 Washington in Northglenn just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police in Northglenn investigate after a 2-year-old child fell from a 3rd floor balcony. (credit: CBS)

Police in Northglenn investigate after a 2-year-old child fell from a 3rd floor balcony. (credit: CBS)


Police believe the sliding glass door was left open and the toddler was able to get through the screen door onto the balcony. Even though the balcony is completely enclosed by a wood railing the child managed to climb over it and fall more than 20 feet to the concrete patio below.

“I would say he’s a pretty lucky kid,” said Northglenn Police Sgt. Ian Lopez.

Investigators said they believe it was an accident and hope this incident serves as a reminder to parents to keep an eye on their children.

When they arrived officers and paramedics from the North Metro Fire Department found the 2-year-old boy outside Building 9 and rushed him to Children’s Hospital. He was initially unconscious but regained consciousness.

Police in Northglenn investigate after a toddler fell 20 feet from a balcony (credit: CBS)

Police in Northglenn investigate after a toddler fell 20 feet from a balcony (credit: CBS)


“He is alert. He is asking for his mom and talking. So, preliminary it looks like he’s going to do okay,” said Lopez.

Neighbors were shocked at what had happened.

“Kids, you don’t think kids can figure things out but they can,” said neighbor Laura Stoewer. “They’re quick. It only takes a second.”

“Watch your kids, it can happen quickly,” said Lopez.

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