Girl suffers minor injuries after fall from window

The 16-month-old Abbotsford toddler pushed on the screen and fell to the driveway below

A previous incident in Abbotsford shows a window screen on the ground after a child suffered a fall.

A previous incident in Abbotsford shows a window screen on the ground after a child suffered a fall.

A 16-month-old girl was treated in hospital for cuts and bruises on Tuesday night after she fell from a second-storey window onto a driveway.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the toddler had been playing alone on a coffee table in the living room of the home in the 31200 block of Upper Maclure Road while her mom went downstairs to do laundry.

It appears that the girl then repeatedly pushed on the window screen, which gave way. Her mom discovered what had happened when she returned upstairs.

The child was in the home with the mom when emergency crews arrived,  and she was transported to hospital. MacDonald said the girl was lucky to have sustained only minor injuries from the eight-foot fall.

“All the precautionary tests came back fine,” he said.

The toddler stayed in hospital overnight and was expected to be released  Wednesday.

MacDonald said the incident serves as a reminder to parents of the potential dangers in homes. A fall of this nature happens about once a year in Abbotsford, he said.

In May 2011, an eight-year-old boy fell from a fourth-storey window on East Bourquin Crescent after he leaped onto a ledge and fell against the screen.

The boy missed hitting the top of a concrete wall and a concrete pad, instead landing on a two-by-six piece of wood that was propped up against the wall at a 45-degree angle. He was treated for relatively minor injuries.