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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 5-year-old girl fell to the ground from a balcony on the fourth floor of an apartment in Lauderhill.
It happened around 4:30 Friday afternoon along Northwest 46th Avenue.
Investigators said a 17-year-old was watching a one, four, and the five-year-old. Police were told the little girl was standing on furniture on the balcony before she fell.
A sister, who wasn’t home at the time, broke down in tears while talking about the little girl.
“She fell all the way up there to the bottom,” Roseberlie Augusma said.
Roseberlie is 13-years-old and could not believe her usually happy little sister has been injured badly.
“They’re crying inside,” Roseberlie said.
She told us the rest of her relatives, besides her uncle, were inside the apartment in tears during the investigation.
“We are going to see what happens but I hope she will be fine,” the child’s uncle said.
Police told us the child was breathing when she was rescued. However, she couldn’t talk and was moaning.
In an email to CBS 4, DCF stated it checked with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Services Investigations Section. According to the state, neither agency is involved in the investigation.
Police have not said if anyone will be charged but nobody is in custody.
Police are hoping parents talk to their children to help prevent something like this from happening again.
“Kids cannot identify with danger. They don’t know what it is. They can’t recognize it. So, it incumbent upon us, the adults, to make sure these kids are safe because they don’t recognize danger the way we do,” Lauderhill police spokesperson Michael Santiago said.
The little girl is listed in critical condition at Broward Health inside the ICU.