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Pittsburgh Police Department Headquarters
Monday November 30th, 2009 :: 12:41 p.m. EST


Three Children Injured in a Fall, 1 in very critical condition w/ head trauma. See full message for details.

On Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at 8:15PM, Zone 1 Officers responded to a 3200 block of Richardson Avenue for a report of a two year old child in respiratory failure. Medic 4 transported the badly injured female toddler to Children’s Hospital and is reported to be in very critical condition with head trauma. Medic 10 transported the other two toddlers who are listed stable condition. It is reported that the other two toddlers sustained a few bruises a busted lip. They were evaluated overnight and listed in good condition and since been released.

According to the investigation the children are identified as female triplets, age 2, who were being watched by the mother’s boyfriend while she was away from the home playing BINGO. The boyfriend reported to detectives that went up the stairs and the three girls followed. When he got to the top of the stairs he told the girls to stop playing on the stairs and to go back down. The children, during this time, were playing with their plastic toy high heel shoes which they were wearing at the time of the incident. The stairs, which were 14 steps high, lead from the first to the second floor of the home. The boyfriend reported that he turned around at the top of the stairs and told the children to go back down the steps. He reported that all three children were on the stairs and as one turned she bumped the other who bumped the third toddler and they all tumbled down the stairs with one of the girls tumbling all the way to the bottom hitting the landing.

The PBP Sex Assault and Family Crisis Unit are continuing the investigation of this incident and we will update the media as we are provided updates from Children’s Hospital. No additional information is available at this time.

Pittsburgh Police Department Headquarters
1202 Western Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Emergency: 9-1-1

Diane Richard
Pittsburgh Police Department

3200 Richardson Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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