Toddler falls from 11th floor of Cedar-Riverside apartment building

Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Just after 7:30 p.m. yesterday, a 1-year-old boy fell from the 11th floor of an apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

The toddler was rushed to the hospital. Reached for comment this afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder had no update on his condition, but the Star Tribune, citing police, reports he's in critical but stable condition.

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The Strib report also quotes Elder as saying the boy somehow "slipped through the railings" of an apartment balcony before falling to the ground, but Elder says the Strib "took some liberties."

"Here's what we can say -- a boy fell. That's really honestly what I know," Elder tells us.

The police report notes that fire department personnel were already on the scene when officers arrived. Firefighters were "keeping a crowd of approx 100 from the scene," the report contines.

"Officers observed that the father was near the child and stated that child fell out of the listed apartment," it adds.

But no specific address is listed on the report, and Elder and his colleague, MPD spokesman Scott Seroka, say they don't know which building the child fell from.

KARE 11 reports, however, that the incident occurred at the Riverside Towers Apartments.

Asked how often incidents like this occur, Seroka tells us, "I think you can characterize it as extremely rare."

We touched base early this afternoon with Minneapolis Fire Department Public Information Officer Chérie Penn seeking more information. She said she was just learning about the incident today and would get back to us when she was up to speed about what happened. We haven't heard back as this is published. (Update -- she got in touch with us this afternoon and referred us to the MPD.)

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