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Update: LaGrange police confirm toddler crushed by television

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Update: 3-27-2014

Sgt. Marshall McCoy with LaGrange Police Department confirms that the object that fell, injuring a 16-month-old boy's head, was an older model of a television set.

The impact gave the boy a bi-lateral skull fracture. He is listed in critical but stable condition at West Georgia Medical Center.

There are still no charges filed in the incident.

LaGrange toddler accidentally crushed

A Troup County boy is lying in a hospital bed, recovering from being crushed by a heavy object inside his home.

According to neighbors, the scene on Houston St. in LaGrange, Ga. on Saturday, March 22, was one of desperate screaming and panic.

"I heard the girl next door screaming and hollering, and when I came outside, I went next door to ask her what was going on, and she came out with the baby. He was bleeding from his mouth and his nose and his eyes. And I was like, 'What's going on? What's going on?' And she said 'something fell on the baby,'" said neighbor, Latavious Hill.

Police are working to determine exactly how the child was injured, and they are exploring the possibility that the 1-year-old may have been crushed by a large television.

"At that point, she got in the car, and I watched her speed off down the street, and she almost wrecked. And I just started crying, because that's the baby I used to take care of and watch all the time," said Hill.

The mother met with detectives Wednesday afternoon, March 26, but declined to speak with us. So far, she has not being charged with a crime.

"I asked the other day how the baby was doing, and she was like, 'He's doing okay, better than before, but they just have to stop the bleeding," said Hill.

If police determine it was a television that crushed the boy, it will be the second incident in our viewing area within a span of three months. In late December, a two-year-old died in Columbus in the same type of accident.

According to safekids.org, in 2011 there were over 12,000 injuries of children in the United States associated with falling televisions, which translates to an accident inside the home about once every 45 minutes.

If you live in a household with small children, experts urge you to take another look around your home and assess the dangers, especially if you have a large television. Consider mounting the television to the wall or permanently securing it to a piece of furniture. At the very least, put it in a place where it is low to the ground, and unable to fall a significant distance.

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