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Child Survives Fall From Fifth-Floor Window in Fairfax County

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    A little girl fell Tuesday night from a fifth-floor balcony at an apartment building in Bailey's Crossroads, police said. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver explains how she survived. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)

    A 3-year-old girl tumbled out of a fifth-floor window in Northern Virginia Tuesday night -- and survived.

    The child fell more than 50 feet from a home in the Skyline Towers Apartments complex in Bailey's Crossroads, near Route 7, first-responders in Fairfax County said. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service responded about 8:30 p.m.

    A neighbor said she heard screams when the little girl fell through a window screen. Miraculously, the girl's injuries were not life-threatening, Capt. Mike Fontana said.

    "Apparently some shrubs and some branches happened to break the fall," he said.

    Fontana advised people with young children to install window guards and keep furniture and other items that children could climb on top of away from windows.

    The little girl was recovering Wednesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital.