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17-MONTH-OLD BOY DIES IN FALL DOWN STAIRS

A 17-month-old boy died accidentally Thursday when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home.

Medics identified the victim as Quantavias O. Humphrey of 9F Centre Court. Fire Department dispatcher James Majka said the boy was not breathing and had no pulse when firefighters and Rural Metro ambulance crews arrived at the apartment shortly after 4:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at 5:08 p.m.

Detective Frank Coney said the boy fell down 13 steps, while his father was in another room. There was no baby gate on the stairs.

Coney said, "It appears at this time to be accidental, but the investigation is still continuing." He said an autopsy is to be conducted today.

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