2 children have died after falling from buildings in this Va. apartment complex this year

Fairfax County Police Department

A 2-year-old boy fell from the 24th floor of the Skyline Towers in Falls Church and died on Monday making it the second time a child has fallen from a building at the same apartment complex and died this year.

Officials say residents have already raised questions about the railings on the balcony. Safety codes around the country require the gap between spindles on a balcony railing to be no larger than 4 inches, normally around 3.5 inches.

ABC7's John Gonzalez measured the railings to one of the apartment's balconies at Skyline and found that the space between the floor and the top or the railings, as well as the space between the spindles, was around 6 inches.

Fairfax County Police were still investigating how and why the child fell from the balcony on Tuesday, but they did confirm that a caretaker was tending to another child when the boy fell from the balcony.

"I have seen neighbors that add extra layer of safety by buying extra fencing from Home Depot to add to the balcony," a neighbor said.

The management company released a statement saying their thoughts and prayers were with the family and they were fully cooperating with authorities. They would not, however, address questions about the railings.

In the first incident, a 3-year-old boy died after falling out of a window in May. The family filed a lawsuit on Tuesday for $100 million, stating their son died after falling through a screen in the window.

Police say both incidents appear to be accidents.

This is a developing story and additional details were not immediately available.

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