Five-year-old dies in fall from Brookline apartment building

WCVB reports on the incident yesterday at 1371 Beacon St., near Coolidge Corner

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Such a horrible story.

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Such a horrible story. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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Need window guards on all apartments with kids

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All young kids are at risk of falling from windows, no matter how well-behaved or docile they may seem. When my baby turned into a mobile toddler, I refused to visit my parents' apartments until they'd installed window guards. It only takes one unguarded moment. My heart goes out to the family.

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Agreed

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but 5 years old is a kindergartener, not a toddler. Classrooms typically do not have window guards on them, even upper-story ones. This sounds like a tragic accident, not a cause to blame the parents.

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Yes, and no

Some five year olds have mental/emotional disabilities. Some are just not yet able to grasp why you don't stand in a window ... they are more able to climb than toddlers, but judgement is variable.

Very sad accident, regardless.

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I wasn't blaming the parents

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Especially given it's not even clear the child was in their own home. I was making a safety announcement.

And 5 years old is still young enough to do something stupid like lean hard against the screen or be jumping on a bed next to a window. I grew up in a 5th floor apartment, and my parents did not take down the guards the second we were school aged.

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No it isn't.

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Five years old in the summer is not yet a kindergartener.

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Is there some type of law

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Is there some type of law regarding child safety requirements for buildings designated as "affordable housing" like this one is? Like window guards? Or not?

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How does someone snag an affordable apartment

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in such a fantastic and very expensive location? Anything like back in the day when 'professionals' were in $400. a month rent controlled apartments in prime locations?

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NY GUARDS

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And country wide must adhere to the same standard of construction as ny.
Kids can't fly law

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It has nothing to do with construction

These are safety devices that are installed to prevent accidents. There is a law in NYC because landlords had been preventing tenants from installing their own, and refused to install them, and kids died.

Sheesh.

Think of it like a car seat: car seats are required for children. Cars do not usually come with car seats. You don't have to put them in a car unless there are kids in the car. Etc.

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Not weird at all

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In summertime, people have the windows open.

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So tragic to hear of these stories

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Seems like it's far too often. I agree safety precautions should be taken into place of buildings 3 floors +

I remember as a young child listening to Eric Claptons "Tears in Heaven" and my father telling me the background of the song. Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor died after falling from the 53rd-floor window of his mother's friend's New York City apartment. I could never shake that story from my mind.

I can't imagine what this family is going through. My thoughts and prayers.

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