ELKHART — A 5-year-old Elkhart boy is in good condition after he suffered a two-story fall from a building in downtown Elkhart Thursday, April 18.
Elkhart city emergency medical personnel and police responded at about 11:30 a.m. to the Cornerstone Apartments building, 500 S. Main St., to a call about a child falling down several stories.
Initial reports were that the child had fallen from the fifth floor onto the second floor, according to dispatchers. Detective Lt. Peggy Snider of the Elkhart Police Department said after an investigation, police determined the child fell from the fifth floor and landed on an area level with the third floor on the south side of the building.
The boy was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with a broken femur. According to guidelines for field triage of injured patients, part of a protocol that went into effect last year in Indiana, children should be sent preferentially to a pediatric-capable trauma center. The boy was able to talk with detectives later on Thursday.
Police also determined the fall was an accident. The boy’s mother was on the second floor at an appointment and as she was leaving her children “got ahead of her,” said Snider.
The child took the elevator up to the fifth floor and went through a hole in a window.
Paul Greenwood, who is in charge of maintenance at the apartments, said he had been called about a hole that was in the middle of the window of the fifth floor. And as he started to work on replacing the window pane, he heard that a child had fallen earlier through the hole.
Greenwood said he was surprised to hear a child had gone through that hole, because he did not think the hole was big enough for a child to go through it. Greenwood said all other windows in the building are sealed shut, so it was not likely the child fell through another window.