A neighbour has told how a young boy was found covered in blood after falling about 12ft from a first-floor window before a woman was arrested over neglect.
Stunned residents heard the boy, thought to be about two to three years old, crying after falling from a block in The Anchorage, Gosport.
He was in shock, he had blood round his mouth, down his top, hands and head, and there was blood on the floor where he’d fallenNeighbour
He is thought to have been lying on the grass for around 10 minutes before anyone saw him.
A 27-year-old neighbour rushed to his aid and called 999 for police and an ambulance.
Speaking to The News, he said: ‘He was in shock. He had blood round his mouth, down his top, on his hands and head, and there was blood on the floor where he’d fallen.
‘He was quite responsive, he was talking to me. He was crying, asking for his mum.
‘I asked him where he lived and he pointed to the house.’
He told how he had been in his home near where the boy fell when he overheard a commotion.
He said: ‘I ran downstairs to make sure he was okay.
‘I shouted through the mother’s letterbox and banged on the door but got no response.
‘I rang the ambulance and at the same time asked for police.
‘The officers kicked down the door and when they did that she was still unresponsive.
‘It wasn’t until they got into the house that she woke up.
‘I believe he was out there for about 10 to 15 minutes before anyone found him.’
The boy was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham after suffering minor injuries, according to the ambulance service.
The boy is still undergoing medical tests, police said.
The neighbour added: ‘I hope everything’s okay.
‘I just pictured it being my little one-year-old and it broke my heart.’
He called police at 8.34am but believes the boy could have been on the ground for up to 10 to 15 minutes.
Police are investigating the incident and a 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect.
A Hampshire police spokeswoman yesterday said the woman was being held in custody as investigations continued.
A cordon was in place at the grassy area immediately below the window and police stood guarding the entrance to the block of maisonettes for most of the day.
It is understood the boy was found by a nearby worker first, but nobody saw him fall from the window.
Workers told of their shock. John Simms, 48, said: ‘There were police on the door, on the entrance and round the back.’
A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 8.39am to reports of a child falling from a window in Gosport.
‘The child was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham after sustaining minor injuries from the fall.’