Photo by Mike Adaskaveg
An aunt of 9-month-old Jordani Rivera reacts yesterday after learning about her nephew, who fell out a fourth-floor window of a Cunard Street apartment yesterday and was killed.
Police continue to investigate how a 9-month-old baby boy fell to his death from a fourth-floor window while his father was inside their Roxbury apartment.
The boy, identified as Jordani Rivera by an uncle, fell from the window at 30 Cunard St. at 10:15 a.m. and was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The boy's mother, Carmen, had left that morning for her native Dominican Republic and was in Miami when she learned her son had died, said the boy's uncle, Carlos Rivera.
Relatives and passers-by stopped yesterday to stare up at the window from which little Jordani fell, wearing only a diaper.
"I was devastated," said Tashima Gray, a mother of two who didn't know the family, but left a teddy bear. "No words can describe."
The screenless window remained open much of the day yesterday as police investigated. At one point, three crime-scene officers entered the building directly across the street and took photos of the front of that building.
A law enforcement source told the Herald the father said he set the baby down for a nap in a bed that was right next to a window. From the street, a pillow could be scene resting on the window frame.
Alison Goodwin, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families, said the department had no previous involvement with the family but launched an investigation yesterday after receiving a 51A report.
Boston police Superintendent Bruce Holloway said the boy was home with his father when he fell out of the window. When asked how the child fell, Holloway said police are investigating.
"We are speaking to the father," Holloway said.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Ernest Branch, pastor of the Sermon on the Mountain Baptist Church in Roxbury, criticized the landlord for not having protective bars across the windows, like the apartment building next door.
"This is immoral," he said. "We need to stop this from happening."
Boston's Inspectional Services Division said the building is owned by the Commonwealth Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation that provides low-income housing. The company's property manager could not be reached for comment last night.