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4-Year-Old Falls Out of Third Story Window, Lands on His Feet

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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Dylan Hayes not only survived the three-story fall, he landed on his feet. (Photo: KCNC-TV)

When parents think about child proofing their homes, they're usually focused on keeping cabinets locked and storing sharp objects or dangerous chemicals out of reach. So when Jessica Hayes of Aurora, Colorado, was spring cleaning recently, she says says that she didn't think of the potential for danger when she pushed her couch out of the way, against the wall and under a window in her third-story apartment. 

While she was shampooing the carpets and her mom was helping out in the kitchen, her 4-year-old son, Dylan, climbed up on the couch to chat with a downstairs neighbor through the window. As he leaned against the flimsy screen, it gave way and he fell three stories, landing on the rock-covered ground below. 

"My mom was cleaning our fridge out and, all of a sudden, I hear her screaming, 'Dylan just went out the window!'" Hayes told KCNC-TV, a CBS News affiliate in Denver, on Sunday. 

The third-floor apartment window from which 4-year-old Dylan fell. (Photo: KCNC-TV)She ran down the stairs, panicked. "I was terrified," she said. "I didn't know what I was going to see when I got down to the ground floor." 

But, instead of the nightmare she was expecting, her preschooler was just standing there, apparently unhurt. According to CBS News, the little boy fell through the window's screen, did two somersaults in the air, and landed on his feet on the gravel. 

"I heard a crash and the next thing I know I just saw a blur," neighbor Pat Roush told KCNC. "It was just red and blue"—the colors of the Superman T-shirt Dylan was wearing. 

"I falled," confirmed the boy. "Really, really far." 

He spent about 20 hours in the hospital, wearing a neck brace as a precaution, but doctors released him, saying he had barely a scratch on him. He's not even traumatized by the event, though he does caution           Jessica Hayes and her son, Dylan. (Photo: KCNC-TV)

Jessica Hayes and her son, Dylan. (Photo: KCNC-TV)other kids to "not open windows." His mom, on the other hand, was so shaken up by the event that she's moved out of the third-floor apartment and is living with a relative. 

"It's gotten easier to not blame myself since it happened two weeks ago," she told KCNC. "I wish the danger would have crossed my mind, but it didn't." She says she's speaking out now, in the hope that other parents will be more aware of the dangers than she was. She's looking for a new home on the first floor, she told the news station, and says that she feels "beyond lucky" that Dylan survived the 30-plus-foot fall. 

"There had to have been angels watching over him," his grandmother, Kelli Hayes, agreed. 

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by Corinne on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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I'm glad he's safe but it's ridiculous that this keeps happening.

by Jane:) on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Wow that's scary. I had a kid break my second floor window from inside. Thankfully she backed away and wasnt hurt.
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by Sandy on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

 WOW!! That is scary I am glad he is okay

by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM
I laughed at picturing this little kid flipping all the way down, landing on his feet and then standing there looking around like "what just happened?!?"
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by Colleen on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Thats amazing.

by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM
I just realized he was wearing a superman shirt...that makes it more amusing in the visual!
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by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Wow scary 

by Kari on Mar. 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Very scary
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by Trica on Mar. 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM
*smh*When we moved into our home the first thing DH did was safety lock the windows!
I am so glad this story had a happy ending! So many don't turn out that way!
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by Tiff on Mar. 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

It's amazing he's okay. I'm ver conscious when it comes to open windows. I always make sure they aren't open enough for a child to fall out of, even before I had kids and I used to baby sit I would always make sure the windows at the little  house were only cracked.

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