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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Leesburg child dies after three-story fall from window

A 3-year-old boy died Monday from injuries suffered after a fall from a third-story window in his Leesburg home Sunday afternoon, according to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.

The fall, which occurred shortly after noon Sunday, was an accident, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Liz Mills.

“He just pushed through the screen and fell,” she said.

The child was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died shortly after 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The window at his home on Raspberry Drive in Leesburg was open because of the pleasant weather, Mills said. Authorities are urging parents to take precautions to prevent similar accidents.

“In the spring and fall, when the weather is nicer, people keep their windows open, and this becomes very common across the country,” she said. Mills said authorities are encouraging parents to install child window guards, or to open windows from the top rather than the bottom.

Authorities did not release the name of the child.

By  |  05:30 PM ET, 09/10/2012

 
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