Mattress Used to Help Catch Toddler Falling From Third-Story Window

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A toddler who fell three stories from an apartment building in Burbank was alive and well Tuesday, thanks in large part to the actions of a quick-thinking couple, according to police.

“My son pushed out the screen and decided it was really fun to throw toys out there,” said Morgane Milligan, the mother of 3-year-old Yuri.┬áThe toddler is autistic and has difficulty communicating, she said.


A toddler was expected to be OK after falling from an apartment building window. (Credit: Ross A. Benson)

Konrad and Jennifer Lightner happened to be moving a mattress Sunday when they noticed the boy about to fall from the apartment building window, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

“We were telling him to stay inside and to get his parents,” Konrad said. “Once we saw that his leg was going over the window, Jenni called the police.”

The toddler grabbed a telephone wire “and he started hanging from that,” Konrad said. “He started crying, and I knew he couldn’t get back to the window, so I was just getting ready for him to let go.”

The Lightners positioned the mattress under the window in order to help break the boy’s fall, Ryburn confirmed.

When the toddler fell, Konrad was there to help, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The boy did not suffer any major injuries, but was taken to the hospital for observation, according to the newspaper.

“I’ll never be able to repay them for what they’ve done for us,” Morgane Milligan said.

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