Clear Lake Toddler Injured After Falling Through Window Screen
About the Clear Lake Accident
According to the Globe Gazette, 18-month-old Nevaeh Jo Anderson fell 15 feet to the ground below after she climbed on the back of a couch and pushed the window screen out of is placement.
Nevaeh was being watched by Tanner Larsen, the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother Angela Johnson, when the incident occurred. Johnson was not home at the time.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident and charges are currently pending. Nevaeh has since been released from the hospital.
Preventing Window-Related Falls
According to a study published in Pediatrics, 15 to 20 children are killed and more than 5,000 children are injured in window falls every year. Most of these cases involve children under the age of four.
Experts warn that even a fall of 10 feet can result in spinal injuries, head trauma, and paralysis. In order to prevent such injuries, parents and guardians are encouraged to take the following preventive measures:
- Place window guards in homes and premises in which young children regularly visit. Window screens alone do not guarantee a child’s safety as they are not meant to sustain the weight of a child.
- Windows should not be opened more than four inches.
- Furniture should be moved away from windows to discourage children from climbing to reach an open window.
- Never assume that just because a window is closed it is child proof. Even toddlers possess the dexterity and strength needed to open a window.