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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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    No it isn't.

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

    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?

    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?

    NY GUARDS

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

    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.

    Not weird at all

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    In summertime, people have the windows open.

    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.