2-year-old dies after falling out of fourth floor

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A 2-year-old has died after falling out of a fourth-floor apartment window in Massachusetts.

Cell phone video shows first responders answering a frantic call for help at an apartment complex Friday.

Fire officials say the child fell out of a window at the top level of the building.

“I saw a mom was crying and her grandmother and everyone was crying,” said a man who works near the apartment building.

The toddler was flown to a local hospital but did not survive. 

A neighbor said he interacted with the child often.

“A typical 2-year-old, always smiling, happy, used to always talk to him around the elevator,” the neighbor said.

A man who lived in the apartment building for more than a year said he was shocked to hear what happened to the child. 

“Everyone is in a somber mood. I spoke to the neighbor. She said she had worked with the lady, the mom, and that she definitely didn’t deserve this. That she was a hardworking woman,” William Reitzell said.

Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau said 911 calls like these are the most difficult for first responders.

“Its a tragedy. It just breaks everybody’s heart when children are involved. All of our thoughts and prayers go to this family,” Martineau said.

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