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Father speaks about son falling from window

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A young boy is recovering at UMC after falling from a second-story window Saturday morning.

Las Vegas Metro Police said he was standing on a chair before he dropped two stories down. His parents said the 1-year-old opened his eyes Saturday evening and is in stable condition.

The boy's father, Eric Vergara, told Fox5 he heard screaming in his sleep and woke up to a nightmare. His wife said their son was dancing with his brother when he somehow fell from the window and landed in the driveway.

"I heard somebody screaming. I heard my wife screaming, but I didn't know what happened," Vergara said, fighting back tears. "I saw my wife carrying our son, and there's no sign of life."

Vergara said he didn't see the fall, so he doesn't know exactly how it happened.

When Fox5 arrived to the house near Decatur and Blue Diamond the windows were closed and the screens were in place.

Director of the SafeKids program at Sunrise Children's Hospital, Jeanne Marsala, said this is a disturbing trend she sees every year when the weather gets nice. She said people start leaving doors and windows open for fresh air, but they need to realize a window screen isn't enough to keep a child safe.

"The child is curious to see what's outside, and they lean against the screen and it falls open and the child falls out," said Marsala.

Marsala recommends removing furniture or items that are near windows so children don't climb on them. She also said it's important to get a good, secure window lock. She said locks that screw shut aren't always effective because kids can figure out how to open them.

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