Ladysmith mother spreads safety message after toddler's 2nd-story fall

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

LADYSMITH, Wisc. (WEAU) - A one-year-old's 15-foot fall from a second-story window has a Ladysmith family shaken, but grateful.

Katie Ammon said her daughter Savannah pushed through their upstairs hallway screen Thursday night.

"It could've been prevented, I could've I could've done a lot more," Ammon said.

"(Savannah) was in her bedroom playing, so I went into the bathroom ... and I heard her crying." "The (hallway) screen was missing, and all of the sudden, I just got this burning, like I didn't want to look (at the ground), but I looked, and I seen that she was outstairs, so I ran down the stairs, just like in shock, like 'Oh my God.'"

Ammon said she then called 9-1-1, and soon an ambulance came to bring her daughter to the hospital.

"Wanted to make sure there was no internal bleeding, inside, or internal head injuries or anything, and it came back and told us that everything was good," she said.

Savannah suffered no broken bones or brain injuries, but her mother said she hopes others can learn from what happened.

"(It was) just like a warning for me, like just to keep the kids away from the windows, and keep them more safe from the windows, so that's why we're going through every window in the house," Ammon said.

"Do a home assessment of your home, every year that your kid gets older, from the crawling stage, to the walking stage, it's an assessment all the time to keep your house safe for your children," Ladysmith Police Chief Al Lobermeier said.

"I was very blessed, very happy that she was ok," Ammon said.

According to Safe Kids USA, there are several ways to reduce the risk of window falls.

- Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows.

- For windows above the first floor, install window guards with an emergency release device in case of fire.

- Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.

- Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.

- Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge.

- If you have double-hung windows — the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom — it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane.

- Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls.

- Keep windows locked when they are closed.

- Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows.

- Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.

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-- A toddler is recovering after falling from a second-story window in Ladysmith. It happened Thursday night.

Ladysmith police say a one-year-old girl fell 15 to 20 feet from a second-story window at a home.

They say the girl was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where she has been listed in "good condition."

Officers say it's not yet known how she fell from the window.


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