Teenage girl critical after breaking back in third-floor window plunge

King Henry Court in Downhill, Sunderland, where a seventeen year - old girl fell from a top floor window.
King Henry Court in Downhill, Sunderland, where a seventeen year - old girl fell from a top floor window.
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A TEENAGE girl is in a critical condition after a horror plunge from a third-floor window.

The 17-year-old broke her back in two places after falling from a top-floor flat at King Henry Court in Downhill.

The Echo understands the girl’s father was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident and questioned by police. However, he has since been released on bail.

The teen is currently undergoing treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital for her back injury, as well as a broken arm and ankle.

Neighbours living around the flat complex today spoke of their shock at the incident. One woman said: “My flat looks out on where she fell and I saw the police and ambulance treating her.”

Rai Singh, who works in the nearby off licence, said he had heard about the incident through people coming into the shop.

The 23-year-old said: “Some of my customers live in King Henry Court and they had come in and been talking about it.

“The rumours we heard was that someone had jumped out of the window. These kind of rumours spread around really quickly.”

A dad who lives in Kelham Square, opposite King Henry Court, but didn’t want to be named, added: “One of my kids said she saw the girl on the ground after she fell.”

It is understood the girl had been in the flat with her father just prior to the incident but the exact circumstances of the fall remain unclear.

Northumbria Police have confirmed a 38-year-old man had been arrested following the fall at 5.10pm on Monday before later being bailed yesterday afternoon.

Michael Martin, 36, of Downhill, said: “We heard a lot of commotion and then the paramedics arrived. Lets hope she’s going to be ok.”

Another Downhill resident who didn’t want to be named said they had heard the police sirens.

She said: “I heard the police cars go by and didn’t really think anything of it. You don’t think it could be something so serious.”

Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward and contact them on 101 ext 69191.

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