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some parents should be tested first

by WOODS-HICK / July 15, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

you need a license to cut hair, but no requirements for having children. another story we hear too often.

''Boy, 4, survives 110-foot plunge
Mother charged after child, who is talking to doctors, falls from Albany complex

4 yr old falls 110ft

The 4-year-old Albany boy who fell from an 11-story window is still recovering at Albany Medical Center.

Hasim Townsend's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair


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Did you ever notice ...
by Evie / July 15, 2006 11:17 PM PDT

... how kids get left alone on TV shows all the time? I frequently sleep with the TV on Nick @ Nite which means that I've caught more than a few Full House episodes over the years. It is amazing with all of the adults around in that house, how often the youngest child is left unsupervised entirely. Not to mention the soap operas where characters are forever having babies that magically raise themselves as the parents are almost never with them!

I'm not blaming TV, just pointing out that unfortunately many are influenced by what they see.

But, I am surprised that the kid could get out a window like that on the 11th floor of a building.

Police said they believe the boy awoke in the apartment alone, stood on top of a bed and fell out a screened window.

Sounds like this could have happened if the boy awoke in the apartment with his Mom out in the kitchen making breakfast too. Kids have been known to stand and jump on beds even with the best of parenting!

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all the time
by WOODS-HICK / July 15, 2006 11:57 PM PDT

in stores, parking lots, parks, theatres, on and on. kids are on the loose while the parents concentrate on their purchases, cell phones, ipods etc. why more children are not injured or abducted makes me believe in guardian angels and concerned strangers. parents do not have to be overly protective but at least be aware.

nyc requires window guards if the tenant has a child under a certain age. I do not know current age requirement. they are permanent and installed w/no charge to the tenant. all tenants receive with lease a form that must be filled indicating if a child lives in the apartment. if landlord knows it is also his responsibility.

the mother of the boy who fell was illegally subletting in a 55+ complex. she left to find her cheating boyfriend and she worked as a receptionist at the hospital the boy was taken.

accidents can happen when parents are on the premises but this is where awareness enters. in seconds an unwatched child can be in harm's way. open screened window, 11th floor, 4 years old, alone, is that potential disaster I hear.

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Not absolving the mother by any stretch ...
by Evie / July 16, 2006 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: all the time

... just noting that this accident could easily have happened even if she was around.

When I lived on the 4th floor of a dorm, you could not have fallen out of the window, that's how they were designed. Same with when my sister lived on a high floor of an apartment building.

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