Toddler fell off window in freezing temperatures, dies after failing to get back home

1 month ago

Rock Island news, Illinois news.

A Rock Island toddler was pronounced dead from hypothermia earlier this week after she was found frozen outside her family home.

Charlotte “Charlie” Handelman exited the family’s warm house through a window left slightly open and fell off the second-story but wasn’t injured, authorities said.

The 3-year-old tried hard to get back to the home after the fall as temperatures dropped below 16 degrees overnight.

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  • It remains unclear when exactly the toddler got out of her home but it was likely between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    She was discovered dead outside the property the next morning by her shocked father who then called the police.

    “It’s being investigated as nothing more than a tragic accident,” Rock Island County coroner Brian Gustafson said. “She was a beautiful little girl. It’s absolutely tragic.”