Two young girls, ages 3 and 5, were in critical condition after both fell from a fourth-floor apartment window Friday evening in Allentown.
The 3-year-old girl died Friday night after falling from a fourth-floor window at Seventh and Turner streets in Allentown according to police. Her 5-year-old sister remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Tamara Arnette was pronounced dead at 8:29 p.m. Friday, about 40 minutes after her and her sister fell from a window.
Capt. Gail Struss said authorities were called at 7:50 p.m. on reports that two children had fallen out of a window, McCall reported. She said both girls were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
A distraught Allentown woman said she tried to catch the girls as she saw them tumbling from the window.
Sirissa Perry said she was standing by Nikita’s Bar on Turner Street when she heard the screen from a window hit the sidewalk.
“And then I saw the girls falling out the window,” Perry said, breaking into sobs. “I ran to catch them, but I couldn’t get them in time. I couldn’t make it.”
One child, who was seen kicking her legs, was placed in a Cetronia ambulance and taken from the scene at 8:10 p.m. McCall reported. The smaller of the girls was taken to the hospital a few minutes prior, witness reported.
At least a half-dozen Allentown police cars responded just after the fall and cordoned off Turner Street at Seventh Street. A crumpled window screen lay on the sidewalk nearby.
The apartment building is part of the Transitional Housing Program for the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and is owned by Valley Housing Development Corp. It has 12 units for homeless families seeking to pursue educational or vocational training.
CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings said, “This is the kind of tragedy you never want to see happen.. Especially in a situation where the person is in your care. All you can do is drop to your knees and beg God for mercy.”