Grieving parents recall moments before girl's death
Iraida Torres on Monday recounted the split second that changed her life forever.
"All I seen was my baby go down and I ran so fast to get her and I couldn't save my baby," she said.
Three days after the death of their 3-year-old daughter and the pain is almost unbearable for the parents of Yalia Santos to bear.
"I'm trying to stay strong for my other kids right now," she said.
Iraida Torres and Angel Santos were wearing T-shirts with pictures of their little girl. They, along with Yalia's four siblings, were visiting her grandmother Friday night at Hillcrest Village apartments.
Police said Yalia Santos fell out of a screened-in window and landed on concrete below. She was pronounced dead at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
"I told her to get down off the window. I turned my back to the babies for one minute, she was back in the window. When I tried to go to her it was too late. She just went down so fast," Torres said.
Yalia's father was the last one to hold her before paramedics took her to the hospital.
"It's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking. She was only 3 years old," he said.
Tenants at the apartments held a vigil inside for Yalia.
Just steps from where the little girl fell, there's a growing memorial of teddy bears, pictures and candles.
Torres said she'll miss her smile.
"She was always happy and she told everybody that she loved them all the time," she said.
Providence police are still investigating but don't suspect any foul play.