Sat. May 21st, 2022

Harlem boy, 3, dies after falling out of bedroom window more than 50 feet above the concrete while jumping on bed in aunt’s apartment – a few days before his fourth birthday

  • Daniel Galeas jumped on the bed in his aunt’s fourth floor Harlem apartment on Friday when he fell out of the window
  • Daniel died after landing on concrete stairs at the back of the building; he would be four years old on Monday
  • Galeas, his siblings and cousins ​​were in the care of his aunt while his mother worked in safety in the Bronx
  • Bedroom window had AC unit in it secured with cardboard panels


A three-year-old boy who had jumped on the bed in his aunt’s Harlem apartment on Friday morning fell out of the window and onto concrete stairs, falling four floors to his death.

The child, identified by police as Daniel Galeas, would have celebrated his fourth birthday on Monday.

According to the NYPD, officers responded to a call from 911 reporting an unconscious child in an apartment complex on West 133rd Street just after 10:20 p.m.

Daniel Galeas jumped on a bed in his aunt's fourth floor Harlem apartment on Friday when he fell out of the window

The child would be four years old on Monday

Daniel Galeas jumped on a bed in his aunt’s fourth floor Harlem apartment on Friday when he fell out of the window. The child would be four years old on Monday

The fatal fall took place around 1 p.m.  10:20 a.m. at a building on West 133rd Street in Harlem

The fatal fall took place around 1 p.m. 10:20 a.m. at a building on West 133rd Street in Harlem

This picture taken inside the apartment shows the bed that Daniel had jumped on and the window with the AC unit even though he had fallen

This picture taken inside the apartment shows the bed that Daniel had jumped on and the window with the AC unit even though he had fallen

A police officer stands guard at the main entrance to the apartment complex of 40 units

A police officer stands guard at the main entrance to the apartment complex of 40 units

Paramedics at the scene said the victim was found lying unresponsive behind the 40-unit apartment building. He had injuries indicating that he had fallen from an elevated position.

An eyewitness told DailyMail.com that the building inspector marked him and asked him to call 911 before leading him to the dying child.

‘The child was dumbfounded, but he turned purple … and then he just stopped,’ said the Good Samaritan.

The man, who has his own grandchildren, said when he realized the young man was dead, he broke down in tears.

‘I have never seen a baby take one last breath,’ he added. ‘It will stay with me forever.’

Daniel was rushed to NYC Health and Hospital in Harlem, where he was pronounced dead.

The child’s grandmother, Maria Rivera, told NBC New York that Daniel was in the care of his 28-year-old aunt while his mother worked in safety in the Bronx.

There were several children in the apartment, including Daniel’s siblings and cousins, at the time of the accident.

It is unclear if anyone was present in the bedroom when the child fell and landed on a concrete staircase that led into the basement in the backyard.

The boy’s grandmother told ABC 7 NY that she got a call from her daughter, Daniel’s aunt, and said she thought something bad had happened to her nephew when she did not see him around the apartment.

An NYPD captain is pictured talking to investigators outside the building where Daniel had fallen out of his aunt's apartment, where several children were present.

An NYPD captain is pictured talking to investigators outside the building where Daniel had fallen out of his aunt’s apartment, where several children were present.

The boy’s family accused the management of the building of not securing their AC properly, but the management claimed that the tenants installed the unit on their own

Police remained at the scene for hours, gathering evidence as part of the investigation into the fatal fall

Police remained at the scene for hours, gathering evidence as part of the investigation into the fatal fall

The bed Daniel had jumped on adjoins a window where there was an air conditioner.

Police said the device was held in place by cardboard panels, one of which was apparently pushed out when Daniel fell.

The family accused the management of the building of not having secured their AC properly, but the management claimed that the tenants installed the unit on their own and that it was too small for the window.

The medical examiner performs an autopsy on Daniel to determine the cause of death.

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