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2-year-old Durham girl recovering following three-story fall

Posted May 19, 2016

— A 2-year-old girl was seriously injured earlier this month after falling from a third-story balcony in Durham, and the girl's aunt says someone needs to be held responsible.

Faith Evans was visiting her mother at her Durham apartment on May 2, when the child slipped through the railing on the deck and tumbled to the ground.

In a chaotic 911 call, a man said the child's skull was split open.

John McNeill, Faith's uncle, said she fell on her head.

McNeill said Faith was rushed to Duke University Hospital and immediately taken into surgery.

"She was starting to walk and ride her bike again, then she had a brain aneurysm," he said, calling it a real setback.

Faith's aunt, Victoria McNeill, said it has been tough watching her suffer.

"I'm keeping my focus on (her) right now," she said.

Victoria McNeill said something else has been holding her attention. She said someone should be held accountable for the child's fall and that Faith's mother should face criminal charges and lose rights to her daughter.

"Something should be done," she said.

According to court documents, Faith's paternal grandmother has custody of the 2-year-old. The family said DSS is investigating, but authorities told WRAL News they cannot comment on specific cases.

Faith's mother did not want to comment on the incident.

Victoria McNeill said the family is trying to stay strong for the little girl.

"I just want my niece to get better. I know we have a long road ahead of us," she said.

According to the family, Faith has been doing well since her surgery Monday.


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