Boy, 8, falls through porch railing in Woonsocket

An 8-year-old boy fell through a third floor porch railing in Woonsocket Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (WJAR)

An 8-year-old boy fell through a third-floor porch railing in Woonsocket Wednesday afternoon.

NBC 10 News arrived at a home on Wood Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

Police said the boy, who was transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, suffered a head injury but was conscious and talking after the fall.

Daisy Rosario, who is the boy's aunt, told NBC 10 his name is John Rosario. She rushed to the scene from her home down the street.

“It's hard,” she said. “My sister (is) crying.”

Hector Diaz, the boy’s father, told NBC 10 he was working when the incident occurred. He immediately headed to the hospital, where doctors were performing X-rays, head scans, as well as other tests.

“Everything came out alright,” he said. “He’s only got a couple of scratches on the face and I say, ‘Thank you God,’ because only angels can save a person from a fall like that straight to the ground.”

The child apparently fell through a portion of the porch where several railings were missing. Neighbors said he landed in the driveway below.

“I heard a big, loud noise,” Laura Rivera, who lives nearby, said. “So, when I looked out the window, I saw a kid on the floor full of blood on his face and swollen. I yelled out for him to get up and I picked up my phone and I called 911.”

Rivera said the boy was able to grab onto part of the second floor on the way down, which helped slow his fall.

“He was smart because he tried to hold on but what he held on to was the wires,” she said. “There's wires right there next to the porch. So, he held on for a little bit, but he couldn't hold on for long, so he let go.”

Now, Diaz said his son is back home resting after a terrifying night.

“Everything was scary,” he said. “I was thinking my son was dead. Even the doctor doesn’t believe he’s alive.”

Detective Sgt. Matthew Ryan said the Woonsocket building inspector was contacted and reported to the scene.

While police said they believe the boy fell due to a possible faulty railing, the incident remains under investigation.

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