Infant survives fall from second story window |

Infant survives fall from second story window

An 11-month-old infant astonished her parents, firefighters and police officers when she survived a fall from the second-story window of her residence on Skyline Drive, off of Rough and Ready Highway in Grass Valley.

“I don’t know, it’s a miracle,” said Lt. Joe Salivar with the Nevada County Sheriff’s office, about how the infant could survive the 20-foot fall.

The infant was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center by air ambulance. Her condition could not be confirmed, as her name was kept confidential.

“The mother of the child had put her down for a nap, and the bed in the room was positioned a little too close to the window,” Salivar said. “The baby woke up, crawled to the window and leaned on the screen, which gave way.

“She fell out, landed on top of a swamp cooler right below the window, then bounced off and landed on the ground. That’s where her mother found her crawling around,” Salivar added.

The top of the swamp cooler bore an indentation from the impact, said Orion Clemens, a firefighter with the team from the Grass Valley Fire Department that responded to the call. Rescue workers found a few bruises on baby’s stomach and chest area when they examined her on the scene, Clemens added.

“She seemed OK,” Clemens said. “The bones of infants are more flexible and less brittle than those of adults. Their bones can take more impact.”

Clemens said he’d never seen an occurrence like this before.

“It’s a very rare accident, one that does not happen every day,” he said.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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