Toddler Identified In Fatal Apartment Window Fall

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) –- The 11-month-old girl who fell nine stories to her death Tuesday night has been identified.

St. Paul Police say Ilhaan Hassan fell from a ninth floor bedroom window at an apartment unit on 1247 St. Anthony Ave. around 7:20 p.m.

Officials of the Skyline Tower in St. Paul say the unit was inspected and the screens were intact before the accident.

Deb Sakry Lande, a Skyline spokesperson, said as recently as July 14, the unit was inspected and no issues were found with the screens. The Skyline Tower is a large, low-income high rise apartment complex.

Authorities said it is unclear exactly what happened that led to Hassan’s fall, but she had been playing in a bedroom with other kids at the time. St. Paul Police say the kids were playing on a bed that was pushed up against the window when the accident occurred.

They said there were several adults and children at the apartment at the time of the fall.

Anthony Parker, a witness of the incident, lives in the apartment complex on the 20th floor.

“I turned around because my daughter grabbed a cup off table, I didn’t want her to spill it. As soon as I turned around I heard a loud smack,” said Paker. “When I turned back around, the kids were yelling and pointing at the ground. I got up and walked over slowly because I didn’t know what they were talking about at first. Then, I saw the baby on ground and ran over. I didn’t know what else to do so I called 911 and went to get security.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Hassan was immediately taken to Regions Hospital, where she later died. Witnesses at the scene say she was at the building, visiting family.

Lande said Skyline’s primary concern is the safety of its residents.

“This accident on Aug. 2 was tragic for residents and staff,” she said in a statement. “Licensed social workers are available to all residents who need support through this tragedy.”

Lande said the screens in each unit are replaced when brought to the management’s attention.

“Staff reiterate continuously the importance of reporting damaged screens to maintenance immediately when they are detected,” she said. “Every apartment home will be contacted again to ask residents to advise staff immediately if a screen needs repair or replacement.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and at this point, it appears to be a tragic accident. Charges are not expected.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

  • MJ

    Screens may be intact, but a bouncing child or toddler can cause them to fail. Who was watching the children? Such a tragedy.

  • TCJay

    This is really sad–but it has NOTHING TO DO WITH WINDOW SCREENS. This is just bad reporting. Window screens are not a safety device. They are installed expressly to keep insects out of the home. They are not designed to hold people inside the home.

    • Paulie

      Good call.

    • Judy

      YOU are absolutely correct!! Since its been reported other children were jumping and playing on a bed close to the window, this was an accident waiting to happen. How many times have we thought our children safe, allowed them and their little friends to jump on the beds in their bedroom,or even know what theyre doing in there, while we talk to their parents in another room? For sure, we arent sitting up in the sky, but something this tragic could happen to any one of us if we dont take our surroundings into consideration. Most hospitals and hotels have safety glass windows that will open partially, if at all, just for this reason.

      • Iconoclast

        “How many times have we thought our children safe, allowed them and their little friends to jump on the beds in their bedroom,or even know what theyre doing in there, while we talk to their parents in another room?”

        On a bed pushed up against an open window? NEVER. NEVER EVER.

        Please tell us how many times you have.

  • Debbie

    Take a drive by this place once in the summer, residents take them out all the time!!!! There should be glass in those windows or a safety measure like hotels those windows should only open a few inches. It’s a suprise to know this is the 1st times it’s happened in that ghetto in the sky. shame on whoever was in charge of watching her. Poor baby girl, it makes me sick to think about it.

  • Carl

    How long will it take before Amy Klobuchar jumps on this one? I am sure she will call for more govt oversight, another commission and ask for Federal funds to keep kids from falling out of windows.

  • Minneapolis News Stories for Aug 03 2011 : Travel tips, hotels, restaurants, jobs and news | Travel 2 Minneapolis

    […] conversion of owner-occupied homes in the area into homes “exclusively occupied by students.”Skyline: Unit Was Inspected Before Toddler’s Deadly FallOfficials of the Skyline Tower in St. Paul say the unit was inspected and the screens were intact […]

  • Reads

    READ the article. It is the MANAGEMENT of the building inspecting the screens. You are a definite illiterate moron!

  • stop the bouncing

    VELCRO the ceiling!

  • Mel

    Every mother’s worse nightmare; my heart goes out to the family.

  • Ibed

    I have drove by this apartment building. It is a section 8 -welfare building. Perhaps they never lived in a high rise before coming to the US. They need to learn safety messures for their children for high rise buildings. You just can’t let kids run free while older kids are in charge. Windows should be closed in a child occupied bedroom.

    • Michelle

      If you read the article she was visiting her family you a-hole. Way to pass judgement on an entire group of people. You don’t know this family. There’s a special place in hell for people like you, right next to Hitler. Jerk!

      • Guy

        If you watched the TV broadcast of this; they were in the process of moving to Minnesota … probably so that they could get better welfare benefits … or possibly to catch the next terrorist-express flight back to Somalia.

        They’ve f-ed up their country. Now they come here to do the same to us & we end up supporting them.

        • get a clue

          You are just plain stupid……I used to live down the street from this building and its an assisted living home for seniors. Maybe lower income but seniors in any rate. someone lost a grand daughter in a tragic way

          • luvstoberight

            An assisted living home??????? yeah right you might want to do a little research on that. It’s low income not assisted living. Look up the website it says it right on there.

            • Guy

              Yah “get a clue” – maybe YOU should get a clue of your own … or are you too stupid to READ.

              SECTION 8 is NOT a “Seniors Assisted LIving” program

    • Toni Gaines

      There are working people in that building as well. Not everyone is on welfare.

  • Jean

    they’re…not their. Apologize for the typo but pretty dang ticked off!

  • the crux of the biscuit


    • Guy

      Darwin award.

  • Toni Gaines

    I know that building. It is impossible to keep track of every screen because tenants take them out. This is not the first time a child fell out of that building. This is so sad. There is over 500 units in that building.

  • Michelle

    Yeah because you never see white kids acting out. Get a grip, this was a baby in a home. Like you have never left your child in his/her bedroom alone. Well hopefully you don’t have children so your stupidity won’t be generational.

  • Guy

    “It takes a village to raise a child” … maybe these people should go back to theirs – IN SOMALIA

    • DW

      who are you to say where someone should go? last i heard, unless you’re native american, your village is somewhere else too. probably norway or something, so why don’t you go back there and become a terror victim

      • Guy

        YES, as a matter of fact – one g-g-g-grandmother was Cherokee.
        Other ancestors have been here for over 150 years.
        NONE of them got welfare when they came – If the Somali (or anyone else) wants
        to come they should be inelegible for welfare for at least 10 years.

        Send the deadbeats back to their sh|thole country that the wecked before they
        wreck this one when they try to cram THEIR religious restrictions down EVERYONES
        throat (no booze or seeing-eye dogs in cabs; extra breaks for prayer; supermarket checkers who won’t touch a WRAPPED & SEALED pack of bacon …)

        • m

          You live in America where you have the right to practice any religion you want. You also have the right to speak any language you want, eat whatever you want etc. Within legal standards of course. If you don’t like the fact of this either get elected as an official to try and change it or leave. Obviously their country is a “sh/thole” otherwise why would they leave? Ever hear the saying “love it or leave it”. And you don’t have a clue whether they are legal citizens or not. If your ancestor was native she did get government assistance by being put on reservations. Not good assistance but that was the government’s way of taking land without feeling guilty. Also because you live in America you have the right to have your opinion. You sadly just have to call people names and disrespect human beings to get yours across. If they are working how are they deadbeats?

      • Iconoclast

        I’m Norwegian and German, but I’ve never been to either country, so going “back” is not really an option.

        Additionally, the Somalians ARE actually coming from Somalia.

        The Native Americans have been on reservations for well over a hundred years. Might be time to take down that little saying you keep using about them.

  • Mary Huckenpoehler

    All kids act up no matter their race or culture.

    • Iconoclast

      There is no evidence in this article of any children “acting up.”

blog comments powered by Disqus
Thursday Night Football

Listen Live