Dylan Hayes isn’t a superhero, but he may as well be. The preschooler fell from a third-story apartment window, did two somersaults in the air, and landed on his feet.
The four-year-old suffered no injuries from his fall.
Jessica Hayes was rearranging furniture so she could shampoo her carpets, according toCBS News. She had reportedly moved her couch from its usual spot to under the third-floor apartment’s window. Four-year-old Dylan clambered up onto the couch, leaning on the screen to talk to a neighbor walking below.
The screen gave way, and the little boy tumbled out the window. He allegedly somersaulted to the ground, landing on his little feet in the gravel below.
“My mom was cleaning our fridge out, and all of a sudden I hear her screaming, ‘Dylan just went out the window!'” Jessica recalls. A neighbor outside told local news that she heard a crash and “saw a blur,” as the boy tumbled downwards.
“I was terrified,” Jessica said. “I didn’t know what I was going to see when I got down to the ground floor.”
What she found was a mangled window screen — and her son standing. He was taken to the hospital, where he stayed for 20 hours wearing a precautionary neck brace. He was released with no sign of injury.
Little Dylan described the experience to local news: “I falled — really, really far.”
Dylan and his mother reside in Aurora, Colorado. They are currently staying with friends until they can find a first-floor apartment. Jessica Hayes says she hopes Dylan’s accident will serve as a warning for other parents with young children.
“I wish the danger would have crossed my mind, but it didn’t” Jessica told local news. “It’s gotten easier since it happened not to blame myself.”
Have you ever had a close call with your child’s safety?
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