A 4-year-old boy died after falling from a third-story loft in downtown. It happened Sunday night on East Walnut Street near Robberson Avenue. Ashton Twibell would have been 5 years old on July 21.
Police say they are investigating, but tell KY3 News this looks like it was just a tragic accident. It happened around 8:30 p.m.
Police say the boy was in the care of his mother, who had been staying at the Lofts at the Seville temporarily.
Ashton fell from the third floor. When our news crew arrived on scene, they report seeing a screen on the ground, as if it had been pushed out. Police have learned the boy pushed out the screen before he fell.
The Safe Kids Springfield coordinator for Mercy says about 3 million kids per year go to emergency rooms across the country for falls, and 3,300 of those falls are specifically out of windows.
"Kids move in the blink of an eye, and it's hard to keep an eye on them every single second, but any time that you have a window, if you can, open it from the top as opposed to from the bottom," said Daphne Greenlee with Safe Kids. "There are some different window guards and some stops that you can allow so that your window will open no more than just four inches. But you have to make sure those are also accessible in case you would need to escape in fire or an emergency situation."
Police do not suspect any foul play; they believe this was just a tragic accident.
Safe Kids says with the weather cooling down later this week, people will be opening windows, and remember, this can happen very quickly.