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Raleigh Police Hope Window Tragedy Opens Parents' Eyes

Posted March 30, 1999

— A 3-year-old boy is still atWakeMedafter falling from a second story apartment window Tuesday night. Raleigh police hope the tragedy serves as a warning to all parents.

Torrey Smith is listed in guarded condition, which means that his condition is still serious, but that he is stable at the moment. Police say these incidents are not unusual, especially as the weather starts to get warmer.

"With any child looking out a window and with just a little force, they can tumble over and outside," says Officer Terry Hardy with theRaleigh Police Department.

That scenario is exactly what happened to Smith. He fell from the second story window through an unlocked screen. Raleigh police say it is the third such incident they have seen this month.

Police caution parents to lock all screens, and to make sure old screens are in working order.

"Check your windows and your screens," Hardy said. "There are different varieties of screens such as storm screens that tend to be a little bit stronger."

Police also say that floor level windows, that are popular in apartments and new homes, are especially dangerous if the screens are not secured.

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