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Toddler critical after falling from second-floor window in Birmingham

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A toddler has been left critically injured after falling from a second-floor flat window in Birmingham.

The YMCA building in Reservoir Road, Birmingham, where a toddler fell from a flat. Photo: SnapperSK

The one-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after falling from a window at a YMCA building in Erdington at around 7pm on Friday.

He remained a serious condition in hospital on Sunday.

The boy is understood to have fallen onto a narrow pathway between the building on Reservoir Road and the railway embankment behind.

Police cordoned off the rear of the building. Photo: SnapperSK

West Midlands Police are investigating and cordoned off the rear of the building, with officers guarding the scene overnight.

A witness from the YMCA building said: “I didn’t see it happen, but I heard screaming from a woman.

“There were so many cops and ambulance people here, it was gut wrenching.

“I heard from other residents here that there was another young kid inside when it happened, I’m praying the child is going to be okay.”

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Police at the scene in Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

The YMCA has two accommodation blocks at the site - the Orchard and the Vineyard.

The Orchard provides supported housing for 16 to 25-year-olds and has 82 flats while the Vineyard has 34 affordable flats for people who don't need support.

Next door to the accommodation is the Chris Bryant Community Centre.

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A spokesman for YMCA Heart of England said: "We are aware of the incident that took place last night at a YMCA Heart of England housing scheme, The Vineyard in Erdington, Birmingham, where a child fell from a window of a second floor flat.

"Staff from the YMCA scheme next door attended the scene within minutes and offered our support to the family and everyone involved.

"Our heart goes out to the little boy’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Police at the scene in Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

"We are working with the West Midlands Police and will be carrying out our own investigation internally so that we fully understand what has taken place. YMCA Heart of England takes health and safety extremely seriously and our residents’ safety and welfare is central to everything we do.

"The Vineyard opened in May 2016 and meets or exceeds all relevant safety standards. We have a dedicated in-house team supported by external professionals to ensure that all of our properties are maintained to the highest standards.

"We will continue to offer support to the little boy’s family and to our staff and other residents who have been affected by this."

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We are investigating after a child fell from the window of a flat on Reservoir Road, Erdington just before 7.30pm last night.

"The one-year-old child was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, where he remains today, as enquiries continue into how he came about his injuries.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am - midnight or call 101 anytime.

"Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log 4049 of July 10."

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