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Toddler Falls From Fourth-Floor Window in University City, Hospitalized

The toddler's head was injured in the fall but her condition was not known

A toddler was taken to the hospital after a fall from a fourth-floor window in University City late Thursday. 

The two-year-old girl was breathing when paramedics arrived to an apartment complex in the 9100 block of Judicial Drive at about 10:30 p.m., the San Diego Police Department said.

SDPD said the child was leaning against the screen on the fourth floor when it dislodged.

Her head was injured in the fall but her condition was not known. 

Paramedics transported the toddler to Rady Children's Hospital where she was being treated in the Pediatric Care Intensive Unit. 

Renee Douglas, registered nurse with the hospital’s trauma center, said falls from windows become more frequent in the summer months when people tend to open their windows.

"Each year we see about 40 patients four years old or younger that fall out of second-story or third-story windows," Douglas said. "Screens are designed to keep the bugs out not your children in."

Douglas said residents should not put furniture under or near windows because children can use it to climb near a window and lean on a screen.

She also recommends using a window stop to prevent the window from more than four inches. 

No other information was available. 

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