A toddler fought for her life today after being knocked 40 feet out of her bedroom window.
Residents of the apartment building in Portsmouth, Hants, described hearing a “huge thump” when the two-year-old girl fell from her third floor.
A witness said there were two bangs – the child hit a phone booth before taking to the street.
The girl, locally referred to as ‘happy and sweet’ Lara Coleman, was taken to hospital after the ‘complete accident’ on Bedford Street at around 6pm last night.
Neighbors said her mother Fran Coleman was “hysterical” while her father Steve Coleman came to the rescue of Lara while she was seriously injured on the street.
Hampshire Constabulary said it was investigating the incident that caused “life-threatening injuries” and that officers were inquiring on the spot today.
The toddler, locally referred to as ‘happy and sweet’ Lara Coleman, had to be transported to hospital by plane around 6pm after the ‘complete accident’ in Bedford Street, Portsmouth, Hants (apartment building shown)
Hampshire Constabulary said it is investigating the incident that caused ‘life-threatening injuries’ and officers conducted an on-site investigation today
Neighbors said that Lara’s bed in the flat is close to the window, leading to the fall.
Witness Emma Reilly, 31, said that a metal phone junction box in the street under Lara’s window broke her fall and if it hadn’t, the toddler would “ certainly have died. ”
Mrs. Reilly, who lives on the block, said, “I heard a huge thump from the outside and at first I thought someone had been run over.
“But when I looked down from my window, I saw the baby lying on the floor.
“I yelled at her mom because she had clearly been in the bath and had a towel around her head, but came to the window to see what commotion it was.
“I cried” that’s your baby, that’s your baby! “. I think her husband had put it down on this.
Residents of the building described how they heard a ‘huge thump’ when the two-year-old girl fell out of her third-floor window
“It was horrible to watch. Lara is such a sweet and sweet little girl, always so happy and smiling.
“There were actually two ponies, one was hitting the green metal box and the other the street.
“If she hadn’t hit that box, she sure would have died. Her face was huge because it was so swollen, she had a big black eye and on the spot we were told she had a broken jaw.
“She fell right in front of two 13-year-old boys – they must be so shocked.”
She added, “We brought her eight-year-old brother here to keep him away, but he was confused, so we had to tell him that an old woman had fallen over.
“He asked us,” why is my mother crying? so we just said it was because an old lady fell over. ‘
On-site forensic officers in Bedford Street, Portsmouth were taken to hospital as a two-year-old last night with life-threatening injuries
Lara’s eight-year-old brother is called Leo, neighbors said. Karen Marsh, 54, rushed to the rescue of Mrs. Coleman and said she was “hysterical.”
Mrs. Marsh said, “She was in total shock, she was hysterical. I told her to get some clothes for the hospital.
“That poor woman, it’s really awful. It put me in total shock mode and I just wanted to help. She kept asking ‘is she okay? Will she be okay? ‘
“It seemed as if she had no idea what happened first while she was in the bath – it was just a complete accident.”
The parents are expected to be in the hospital by Lara’s side. Four-story Mulberry House was taped by Hampshire Constabulary last night, but reopened today.
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended Bedford Street just after 6:00 pm yesterday (May 29), after reporting an injured two-year-old girl.
The girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.
“We’ll inquire about the exact circumstances.”