7-Year-Old Girl Falls from 6th-Floor Window in Brooklyn, Shows Possible Signs of Past Abuse

The girl had drugs in her blood and other injuries that could be from past abuse

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    A 7-year-old girl fell from a sixth-floor apartment window in Brooklyn, and officials say she had drugs in her blood and other injuries that could be from past abuse. Marc Santia reports. (Published Monday, July 15, 2013)

    A 7-year-old girl was seriously injured after she fell from a sixth-floor window in Brooklyn, and now detectives are investigating her caretakers because she may have signs of past abuse, according to law enforcement officials.

    Police found the girl badly injured from the fall Wednesday night at the building on Bayview Avenue in Coney Island.

    "She tried to get up three times, but kept falling," said Jimmy Boyd, who was walking by when he saw the girl struggling to stand. 

    "She was just saying, 'I want to get up, I want to get up,'" said Regina Speller, who was the first person to find her. "I was like, 'No, baby, because I don't know what's hurting you.'" 

    "I just held the little girl and just started praying until someone came down."

    Further examination of the child at the hospital revealed methadone, cannibus and amphetamines in her blood. She also had injuries that may have been caused by past abuse, but could also be from the fall, officials said.

    A source familiar with the investigation tells NBC 4 New York the girl was visiting New York City with her stepmother, and is from Florida.

    A 1-year-old boy in the apartment was taken into the custody of child welfare authorities.