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3-Year-Old Playing Spider-Man Falls Out of 3rd-Story Window [UPDATED]

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A 3-year-old boy playing Spider-Man on a bed with another child was hospitalized after he fell out a third-floor Anaheim apartment window.

The accidental fall happened at 9:13 p.m., at an apartment building in the 700 block of East South Street when the boy was pretending to be Spider-Man, Anaheim police Sgt. Wayne Alonso told City News Service.

The boy's fall may have been broken by bushes and dirt on the ground below, the sergeant said.

The boy was conscious when transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Alonso said. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

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"You never want to have anything up against a wall that a kid could climb on to have access to a window,'' Alonso said. "So if you have a bed or a couch in a room you don't want to have it underneath a window even though it might appear to be nice and you can get a good breeze and all because it could be a hazard.''

According to a 2001 study, "In the United States, approximately 140 deaths from falls occur annually in children younger than 15 years. Three million children require emergency department care for fall-related injuries... Falls from heights are a major problem in urban areas, especially for children living in multiple-story housing. In some urban areas, falls have represented up to 20% of the deaths of children from unintentional injury, as compared with an average of 1% to 4% nationally. The majority of fall-related fatalities among children are associated with falls from heights, most from 3 stories or higher."

UPDATE, 12:14 P.M. NBC News reports that the boy suffered only "minor injuries."

He was playing with his siblings when he knocked off a window screen and fell through the window, police said. He reportedly landed in a planter. He was bleeding from the head and transported to the hospital.

The boy turns four later this week.