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Aug 3, 2011 8:40 AM by Kate Richards

Toddler dies after falling from 9th floor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police say an 11-month-old girl has died after falling from the window of a ninth-floor apartment in St. Paul.

Anthony Parker was outside with his two young daughters at a playground below the 24-story high-rise Tuesday night and saw several children "leaning back and forth" out of an apartment window.

Parker tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the children, about 7 to 10 years old, were laughing and giggling. He says the window screen was torn. Parker says seconds later he heard a "loud smack" and the baby was unconscious on the ground. He says the children in the window began screaming and crying.

Police arrived at the apartment building about 7:20 p.m. The girl died shortly after she was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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