A mother screamed ‘my baby, my baby’ in horror when her child plunged from a fourth floor flat window in Kent.
Passers-by were shocked when they saw the young child fall to the ground on Station Road, Rainham, with a ‘horrible thud’ on Monday afternoon.
Witnesses screamed for help as the child lay motionless, grabbing the attention of the infant’s father who poked his head out of the window before sprinting down to the road.
The child’s mother, in her 30s, passed out as she knelt by her child, crying and screaming words in a foreign language alongside a man thought to be the father.
Passers-by were horrified when they saw the young boy smack the ground on Station Road, Rainham, with a ‘horrible thud’
An air ambulance swooped in on a nearby park to take the child, who is thought to be around 13 months, to a London hospital for treatment to ‘serious injuries’.
Police confirmed the infant this afternoon remains in a stable condition, and added ‘inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.’
One witness said: ‘There wasn’t any blood – it just wasn’t moving. I was shouting up to the flat and a man looked out – then him, the mum and another man came running out.
‘It was absolutely horrific. I was standing in the street speaking to someone then I heard a really loud thud.I looked round and saw it and I thought it was a doll at first.
‘The mum was screaming “my baby, my baby” and other words in a foreign language.
‘She was in absolute hysterics, screaming and crying. She was inconsolable.’
The witness said he believes the baby was roused by his mother’s screaming, as the child began moving and crying moments later.
‘The baby started moving and crying after that – I think it must’ve responded to that,’ he said. ‘She was trying to touch it but I told her not to because it could do more damage.
‘She was kneeling alongside it and then she just passed out for about 10 seconds.’
The air ambulance swooped in on Rainham Recreation Ground at around 2pm yesterday.
Witnesses described seeing a frenzy of emergency service vehicles including seven police cars and three ambulances.
The air ambulance swooped in on Rainham Recreation Ground at around 2pm yesterday to fly the child to hospital
Paramedics treated the child on the scene before flying it to hospital, by which time it had started to move.
The infant remains in a stable condition and police are appealing to the public for information.
In August 2014, an 18-month-old girl survived after falling 15ft from the front of the same block.
A police spokesperson said: ‘Kent Police was called at 1.23pm on Monday 25 May 2020 to a report a child had fallen from a window in Station Road, Rainham.
‘Officers attended alongside South East Coast Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and the injured child was taken to a London hospital for treatment to serious injuries.
‘They remain at the hospital in a stable condition. There have been no arrests and enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.
‘Anyone who believes they have information that can assist officers can call Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting 25-0698.’