Police say 3-year-old Rock Island girl fell from window, died from cold


ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Police say a 3-year-old girl died after she apparently fell from a window on a frigid night and couldn’t get back inside her family’s home in the Quad Cities area.

Rock Island police said Charlotte Handelman appears to have fallen out of a second-floor window at her family’s Rock Island home between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, when she was found outside.

The (Moline) Dispatch/The Rock Island Argus reports she was pronounced dead at a hospital and preliminary autopsy findings show she died from hypothermia.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said the girl’s death was “absolutely tragic.”


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