CARBONDALE — A mother faces charges after her child fell from a third floor window.
A 4-year-old girl fell out of the window in Carbondale Wednesday afternoon and police believe it is the second day in the row that her mother left her unattended.
It happened at Summit Garden apartments near the high school in Carbondale. A screen from that third floor window was on the ground where police say the girl landed.
The girl’s mother, Chelsie Elders, will now face charges she endangered the welfare of children as well as reckless endangerment.
Neighbors say the child could be heard screaming in pain after the fall, saying her back, neck and stomach hurt.
Neighbors say they’ve worried about the girl and her younger sister for a while.
“One of her mom’s friends was like, ‘She just fell out the window.’ I’m like ‘What?’ I looked out and she was there,” said Naomie Bainbridge. “I can’t even fathom it, that’s ridiculous. She should have been watching her kids, and it shouldn’t have happened.”
“It’s very scary. Hopefully the child is OK and safe.”
This is the second day in a row police were called to complaints about Chelsie Elders and her children. Carbondale police say Tuesday the fall victim and her sister were running around the building where they live unattended and that their mother was asleep inside the apartment.