MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 2-year-old girl is in serious condition after falling six stories from a St. Paul apartment window Sunday evening.

Patia Cotton fell from a window at the Lewis Park Apartments, located on the 100 block of West Wayzata Street, in what police are calling an accident.

The accident happened when Cotton was playing on a couch in her bedroom with other children. Cotton jumped on the couch and was launched out a window that the couch sits near, police said.

Cotton is currently in critical condition at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Katrina Boyd, a friend of Cotton’s family, said the accident was an honest mistake.

“I know it was an accident,” she said. “[Cotton’s mom] is a good mom, and I know that she wouldn’t let anything happen like this.”

Boyd said the window Cotton fell out of was large and that the screen on it was thin.

Management at the Lewis Park Apartments declined to comment on the incident.

Police said they hope this accident serves as a reminder to parents with young children to make sure there are no potential safety hazards, even a mattress or couch, near the windows in a home.

“I was crying,” Boyd said. “I got a 2-year-old, too. It could have been my 2-year-old. It could’ve been anybody’s kids.”

Comments (6)
  1. j speedbag 64 says:

    it wouldn’t be my kid miss boyd,a two year old falling 6 stories is nuts,the mother had to be sleeping or on face book,logic doesn’t put a couch so close to a open window..i hope the little one makes a full and fast recovery……

  2. Jesus Saves says:

    Why Kevin…looks like someone is taking time out from bashing gay people in order to make a random racist comment. What…no Klan meeting tonight?

    1. Jesus Saves says:

      Looks like your comment was deleted, Kevy. That was quick.

  3. Burbs says:

    Didnt know Casey Anthony was in Minnesota….

  4. Amy E says:

    Anyone know if this child has a caring bridge site?

  5. Jenelle Black says:

    probably was a honest mistake. things happen soo fast with children, even if your eye is on them, anything can happen that fast. kids will be kids. I pray for comfort and peace for their family, and healing upon this baby girl.

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