Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tot injured on Friday is released

August 2, 2007

A 3-year-old Baldwin City boy taken by helicopter ambulance Friday after a television fell on him was released Monday from Children's Mercy Hospital.

Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna said the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday when children were playing in a home at 107 Second Street when a television was pushed and landed on Berlon Muse, Jr.

"It was a home accident," said McKenna. "The boy suffered head and chest injuries when a 32-inch television set was pushed off onto the boy by another boy who is under 10 years old. There were several kids playing in the room when it happened."

McKenna said the boy's mother, Christina Garcia, 29, responded immediately.

"The mother was in another room fixing drinks for the kids and heard the fall and the screams," he said. "The boy was unconscious when the officers arrived and was bleeding from the nose and mouth."

The helicopter was called and transported the child to the Kansas City, Mo., hospital where neurological tests were done, said McKenna.

"He was found to have several broken facial bones," he said. "Doctors have released him to his mother. We've made several attempts to contact the family, but have been unable to. They may be staying with friends or something. They are not at the home."

Based on the seriousness of the injuries, McKenna didn't expect the boy to be released so soon, he said.

"I was surprised to hear he had been released," he said.

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