5-Year-Old Boy Dies in 3-Story Fall From Queens Condo: Police

A 5-year-old boy died on Sunday after he fell three floors from a window in Queens, police said.

The boy, identified as William Chen, was playing on the third-floor of a condominium near 99th Street and 37th Avenue in Corona shortly after 2:30 p.m. before the deadly plunge, according to police.

The boy’s grandparents were looking after him on the second floor of the condo at the time, police said. He went up to the third floor to use the bathroom and somehow went out the window and fell. Witnesses said he landed in a stairwell below. 

"I saw one of the members of the family screaming the name of the boy and then I saw them coming downstairs," Jorge Urvalgao said. "I saw he went down to the basement and carry the baby up." 

It's unclear when the boy's grandparents realized he had fallen. Witnesses say they rushed him to the hospital themselves and didn't wait for an ambulance. 

"He wasn't moving at all," Urvalgao said. "His arms were already like, you know. He look unconscious." 

The boy was pronounced dead at Booth Memorial Hospital. 

The building is currently under construction and is not yet occupied, thus there were no window guards in the empty condo. The manager of the building says the boy's grandparents are the owners and that they had come to have a look at the project. 

Video from the scene showed detectives on a third-floor balcony and in the stairwell below. 

Police said no arrests have been made and that an investigation into the fall is ongoing.

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