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3-year-old boy dies falling from 4th floor window in Harlem, Manhattan
HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) – A 3-year-old boy who was about to celebrate his birthday died after falling from a fourth-floor window of a Harlem apartment building on Friday morning.

It happened just before 10:30 am on West 133rd Street, in the boy’s aunt’s apartment.

Authorities say Daniel Galeas fell from a rear window of the building into a stairwell that leads to the basement of the backyard.

Galeas was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Harlem, where he was pronounced dead.

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The NYPD is looking for a piece of cardboard placed between the air conditioner and the wall, as the boy was apparently jumping on the bed when he fell.

At this point it is being investigated as an accident.

His grandmother, Maria Rivera, told Eyewitness News that the boy’s 4th birthday would have been on Monday.

She said the aunt watched him and other children in the family, including his siblings and cousins.

The boy’s mother works as a security guard in the Bronx, and she was at her job at the time.

Neighbor Geraldo Busanet ran to help and said it was maddening to see.

“I just started to cry because I see him breathing,” he said. “I just broke down. I have grandchildren, you know?

He says he thought of them and how this tragic accident could have been avoided.

“Especially if you know the air conditioning has cardboard and you have the bed right below it,” he said. “Oh my God, it could have been avoided. It just could have been avoided.”

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The NYPD Clergy Liaison for Community Affairs visited the grieving family.

“You leave your child with a family member and then you have to find out that your child is no longer there,” said NYPD chaplain Robert Rice. “So I’m preparing to have the right words to say to this mother.”

Police said all other windows in the apartment had bars, but not the bedroom window with the air conditioner and the broken panels.

Great buildings are legally required to make sure these air conditioners are properly installed and secured, but it is possible that the panels broke some time later.

The investigation is ongoing.

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