Portland boy, 4, was talking to friend through window before fatal fall

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police say a 4-year-old Portland boy who died after falling from an upper story apartment window Wednesday night was leaning against the window to talk to his friend when a screen broke and he fell.

Police identified the boy as Addison Rojas-Casteneda.

The incident happened at the Miraflores apartments at 8925 North Newell Avenue about 7:15 p.m., police say. The apartments house low-income families.

Medics took Rojas-Casteneda to a hospital, but doctors could not save him.

Witnesses told KATU his head hit a planter during the fall from the window.

Some residents say they started collecting signatures on a petition last year after two children survived falls from windows at the same apartments. They wanted the facility to put in windows that were safer for children.

Window safety tips

Randall Children's Hospital and Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind parents that these types of tragic accidents are preventable. They offer the following safety tips:

  • Keep play away from windows.
  • Only allow windows to open 4 inches, and install window stops and/or window guards that can be removed by an adult in an emergency.
  • Lock windows when not in use.
  • Open windows from the top and use a window stop for the bottom.
  • Prevent climbing. Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
  • Actively watch children near windows.