The Washington Post

Boy, 3, dies after falling from 17th floor

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The death of a 3-year-old boy who died after plunging from the 17th-floor window of a Chicago apartment building is being investigat­ed by police and child welfare officials, authoritie­s said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the boy Wednesday as Lamar Roach Jr. of Chicago and said an autopsy would be conducted Thursday.

Chicago police said the boy may have pushed out a screen in the window Tuesday night before he fell from the 17th-floor of a Near North Side apartment.

He was found in bushes below and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the boy’s fatal plunge about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday was being investigat­ed as an accident.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is also investigat­ing the boy’s death and had not previously had contact with the boy’s family, a spokesman told the Chicago Tribune.

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