AKL Child Falls Off Balcony

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  1. com_op_2000

    com_op_2000 DVC Member since '93

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  3. KWithers

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    That's the stuff of nightmares. So glad she's in stable condition, amazing!
     
  4. cobright

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    Anyone remember the recent thread about throwing things off the balcony? Anyone else checking the dates that OP mentioned? They wouldn't kick you out of the resort for throwing a kid out of your balcony would they? I mean if you had already paid?
     
  5. Shaden

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    Accident for sure, and clearly the parents weren't watching her, got distracted, etc. which can certainly happen without malice or without intent. Stuff can happen in the blink of an eye. I really hope these people don't sue Disney or force a liability issue where Disney decides to like, close in the balconies.

    Certainly hope she is ok.
     
  6. dissupermom

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    I am a CPS worker (child protective services). we get calls like this often, kids falling out of windows, roofs, picking up adult beverages to drink them and get intoxicated... although these may be determined to be accidental, we have to ask the questions of supervision.. what were the parents doing when the incident occurred. if the child is a known climber and explorer, then the parents need to secure precautions to prevent such accidents. don't leave a child by an open window or balcony with a chair or table nearby. if the parent hasn't yet learned that their little tyke is a climber or explorer, then to leave them unsupervised is a bad idea. they can climb on a table or chair to look out he window or a balcony. I have seen plenty of instances where parents purposefully pick up little tyke to sit him on a ledge to see or allow him to walk on the "other side of the ropes" to get a better view. I often wonder what is on the minds of these parents and ask. the safety of the child is responsibility of the parents.
    I'm glad the the kid is okay and will recover. I know too many instances where the end results were much too tragic.
     
  7. aml3679

    aml3679 Kita's Mom

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    I know you were trying to be funny but I find it in poor taste considering the situation.
     
  8. roomthreeseventeen

    roomthreeseventeen Inaugural Dopey Challenge finisher

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    Glad to hear the child survived and is going to be okay. What a nightmare for her family.
     
  9. LilGMom

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    I'm glad that the child will be ok but I have to question why her parents let her out onto the balcony alone.

    The WESH article says that the mother said that the child was "reaching for something and fell" and the only way that she would have been able to do that was to be standing on the chair or table that is on the balcony. There are locks (placed rather high I might add) on the sliding glass doors to prevent little ones from going out there unsupervised. This is a terrible accident but one that was 100% avoidable.
     
  10. kapoof

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    Trying way too hard to be funny.
     
  11. networktek

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    Glad to hear she is doing ok
     
  12. Tink575

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    http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2013/9/3/child_falls_off_disn.html

    News 13 reports the child moved a small table to the railing, the mother saw her fall and tried to grab her but couldn't :X They say she has been released from the hospital.

    It is a virtual miracle that she fell from the 3rd floor and will be OK.
     
  13. sndral

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    Assuming the notices they place in AKL rooms/villas are correct warning you to close your drapes for privacy due to video survelliance they may know exactly how this incident happened.
    The article from news 13 states ''deputies said the child was trying to reach something...so she moved a small table to a balcony railing, but lost her footing and fell..."
    "...the mother saw the child fall and tried to grab her, but was unable to get to her in time."
    Another article reported she had minor injuries and was later released from the hospital.
    The Dept. of Children and Families is investigating.

    I had a fearless climbing child and I cannot imagine leaving him on a balcony unless I was out there sitting w/ him when he was age 6. I also cannot imagine not reacting to seeing said child pull a table up to the railing and stopping him right there - there's only one reason a child would pull a table to a balcony railing and that's to climb on top of it, and I would have been grabbing him long before he had a chance to climb up on said table.
    3rd floor @ Jambo are regular rooms and those balconies are fairly small - room for 2 chairs and a small table.
    The area below the balconies on the Savannahs actually have devices to keep the animals from getting w/in maybe 10' or so, she probably fell into that area.
    Thank goodness they weren't in a room in the front of AKL where she might have landed on pavement.
     
  14. cobright

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    What, NOBODY else thought it was a little kismet that we have a thread about throwing stuff off the balcony into animal kingdom and a story about a kid "falling" off the balcony into animal kingdom within a week of each other?

    I'm the bad guy for noticing that? I'm not trying (hard or otherwise) to be funny, I just find this confluence of events (considering the reletively good condition of the kid/victim) interesting and ponderous and maybe just a bit suspicious.

    Nobody else thinks this situation smells a bit funny?
     
  15. suemom2kay

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    No not even a little. Such poor taste there are no words I can say without earning points.
     
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    You never know. Mom could have been momentarily distracted. Kids can be so fast. Maybe this was unusual for the child involved, Mom could have been tending to another child and in a moment, the light plastic table waa dragged, kid was up and over. You really can't know without being there.
     
  17. smidgy

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    I really dislike that everytime there is an accident involving a child at Disney there are tons of posts blaming the parents.
     
  18. xipotec

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    Sorry , your kid falls of a balcony its the parent fault. Kids are to be watched all the time lest things like this happen.
    Lock the balcony if your not going to watch your kid.

    No Oopsie for this kind of thing.....
     
  19. Sheilby

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    I do not watch my 6 year old all the time, I honestly don't know any parent that does. I go take showers and leave him downstairs all the time. Do you bring your 6 year old into the shower or hire a sitter when you need to go do something like throw a load of laundry in? I can look any door I want, but at 6 years old he can open any lock he feels like. This wasn't a 3 year old.

    Seriously, think about it, do you REALLY have your eye on your 6 year old every second of the day?
     
  20. robinb

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    I think it's easy to take a "that would never happen to ME!" attitude but it only takes a second of inattention for something to go seriously wrong. You may believe that you are immune to it be because you have done everything right ... So far. But you are wrong. It can really happen to anyone. Cut the parents some slack. A terrible accident happened to their daughter. Thank goodness she appears to be OK!
     
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