As most parents know, when their kids are able to start crawling, walking and running during the toddler years, they become very adventurous. This is great as kids should be able to poke around, learn and explore, all while under the watchful eyes of mom or dad.
Around this time, parents also usually start investing in things around the house like socket protectors, cupboard locks and baby gates. However, one danger that may be overlooked are open windows.
One mother quickly learned the importance of window guards.
Idaho Mom Amber Boone thought she had done everything she could to make sure her house was safe for her 3-year-old daughter Aubrey.
One day in May, 2016, Boone put Aubrey down for a nap, while she went downstairs to take care of a few house chores.
Small children are at high risk of falling out of windows.
But within minutes she heard a loud banging on her door. It was her neighbor, who burst into her house screaming, “I think your daughter fell, I think she fell!” Boone said to KTVB 7. Her neighbor had looked outside and seen that the little girl was in the driveway.
Boone then ran outside where she she saw her daughter “laying on top of the screen on the driveway.” Her 3-year-old daughter had crawled out of her bed and up to the window, where she managed to open it and fall, taking the screen with her.
The toddler fell out the second floor onto the paved driveway.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Aubrey suffered a skull fracture, pneumothorax, bone fragments in her eye muscle, spleen injury, and intestinal trauma.
Now Aubrey is recovered from the terrifying fall, but her skull took months to heal completely.
“It could have been much worse and we were very lucky,” said Boone.
Boone now says, “How did I miss window stoppers or window locks?” and hopes that this can be a reminder to other parents out there.
CORRECTION: An earlier version misstated the neighbor’s involvement in the events. She came over to the Boones’ residence when she saw the little girl outside. Epoch Times regrets the error.