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Toddler tumbles from third-story window

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 23. 2014 9:36PM

Firefighters tend to a little girl after she fell out of a third-story window of a triple-decker on Merrimack Street in Manchester on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — A 2-year-old child was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon after falling from a third-story window, Manchester police said.

The child landed in a narrow alleyway, where a chain-link fence separates the concrete surface from the neighbor’s yard. Leaves, a toddler’s shoe, litter and lumber with a few nails sticking out were beneath the window.

The child fell from a third-floor apartment window at 340 Merrimack St., Manchester police said. Police said the girl was transported to Elliot Hospital. A hospital spokesman said she was in fair condition Monday night.

Frank Zbink, who lives in the building, said he’s close to the girl and her mother. He said the girl, Saliha Currivan, has a habit of opening doors and windows that she’s not supposed to.

“No matter what she (the mother) does, she finds a way to get around it,” Zbink said. “She gets into things that actually amaze me.”

He said Saliha will be OK, and she was just frightened.

Victoria Ross, who lives next door, said Saliha was conscious and crying right after the fall. She said a broken leg prevented the girl from standing.

No screens were on the windows, she said. Ross said the family had been warned about Saliha’s antics at the open window. Saliha often throws item outside the window, Ross said.

“It’s been said over and over again about the window,” Ross said. She said she always opens only the tops of windows, even though her children are old enough not to fall out the window.

Zbink said the girl’s mother, Jennifer Tessier, is 40 and lives alone with her daughter.

Lt. Todd Boucher said it’s possible the child suffered a broken leg. He said police are investigating.

“We’re just looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Boucher said.

Online records say that CitiMortgage owns the Merrimack Street property.

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