A 4-year-old boy died Monday, July 18 after falling from a third-story window at an apartment complex near Marina del Rey, authorities said.

The boy, identified by the county coroner as Niko Laurie, was found unconscious and in critical condition when paramedics arrived at the apartment complex at 13701 Marina Pointe Drive, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. Laurie was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Capt. John Peters called the incident a tragic accident, saying police do not believe foul play was involved.

He said the boy was playing with other children on a bunk bed near an open window covered by a screen while adults were talking in the room next door.

At some point, Laurie made contact with the screen, which gave way, and he fell through the window to the ground below, Peters said.

Police note that window screens may provide a visual barrier but they are not a physical barrier and will not hold back any significant weight or force. Peters said police want to remind parents to check any windows where their children may be playing and make sure they are secure.

Following the death of Laurie, a bulletin on window safety was posted on the LAFD blog, offering information and nine tips on how to protect children from falls.

Information, http://lafd.blogspot.com/2011/07/window-safety-nine-ways-to-keep-your.html.

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