Dramatic video shows toddler climbing outside 13th-floor Bronx apartment window
Dramatic video captures the moment a toddler boy climbed on an air-conditioning unit outside the open window of the family’s 13th-story Bronx apartment — to the horror of bystanders more than 100 feet below.
The video, taken on Saturday, opens with the tot flailing one of his arms around as he sits atop the air conditioner affixed to a window on the 13th floor of the Butler Houses building on Webster Avenue in Claremont.
“Oh my God! Catch him! Run! Hurry up!” one witness can be heard yelling in the video, which was shot around 7 p.m. — just as first responders were arriving, witnesses and fire officials said.
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“Where the hell are these parents?” another chimed in.
At one point, the little boy appears to lean over — sparking terrified screams from people gathered on the street — before he crawls back into the window. Wailing sirens can be heard in the background.
Jennifer Mares, 29, who lives in the next building and was in the playground with her own 3-year-old son at the time, watched the horrifying incident unfold and called 911.
After the tot was back in the home, Mares said, she rushed up the stairs with two housing workers.
“The mom cracked open the door a little bit and we bum-rushed the door,” she told The Post. “There was a mother, father, an older sister around 15 and another baby laying on the couch around 1 year old. They didn’t even know!”
Not even 24 hours later, Mares saw the little boy on top of the AC unit once again, she said.
“I was coming home from the store around 11:55 — just before noon,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. He was back out on the window. The cops and the firemen went up [to the apartment] after they pulled the baby back in.”
Another neighbor said the family had lived in the home for about five months.
“[The family is] new,” said the woman, who also lives on the 13th floor. “They don’t really talk to anyone.”
The FDNY confirmed that it responded to the address just before 7 p.m. Saturday for a “jumper” at the window. That person was transported to Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in unknown condition. The next day just before noon, the FDNY again responded to a “jumper” who went back in the window, authorities said.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether these calls were about the toddler.
By Monday morning, the air conditioner was removed from the window and window guards were put up.
The Administration for Children’s Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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