While everyone else was sleeping in her Bronx apartment, eight-year-old Destiny Antonio somehow managed to fall out of her seven story window and land — luckily — on a 10-foot patch of grass.
Though it was 1:30 in the morning, someone heard her fall; a neighbor, Luis Guzman was outside talking with friends. “It sounded like you threw something very heavy,” he told the Daily News. “When we looked, it was a little girl right there.”
Until Destiny woke up, no one could figure out how she fell.
Destiny’s bedroom window and all the other windows in the apartment had functioning window guards. But Destiny’s mother had complained in the past that the bedroom opens too far at the top. Destiny told her family that she heard an argument outside, so she went to the window to see what was happening. The window guard blocked her view, so she climbed up on the window ledge and leaned out a little more, losing her balance and tumbling out the window.
Destiny — who suffered broken bones and internal injuries — is recovering well. Her family, on the other hand, hasn’t quite recovered from their shock. They say that housing authorities delayed too long on fixing the windows in their apartment. “Unfortunately, time ran out for them. That is why they are trying to wiggle themselves out of this guilt, which is even more insulting,” Ron Haynes, Destiny’s mother’s live-in boyfriend told the New York Post. He says the family first notified NYC housing about the windows a year ago.
Commenters on the Post article are quick to blame Destiny’s mother, though. From Karen22:
am going to say this again-why was this 8 year old unsupervised at 1:15 in the morning, and why was she climbing on the TOP of a window?
And realist22 says:
Thank goodness the girl will be alright despite having an incompetent mother.
I don’t know anyone who “supervises” their 8-year-olds at one in the morning — aren’t most of us sleeping? But should these parents have done more to protect their children, or is the city at fault?
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