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Two charged after child's fall from 2nd story window last week

July 9, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Two caretakers are accused of failing to seek medical care for a 2-year-old boy who was seriously injured after falling out of a second-story window at their Butler home.

Butler police Friday arrested Michael J. Blontz, 37, and his wife, Ruth N. Blontz, 37, on felony charges of child endangerment.

The charges come after authorities first learned of the accident about 12 hours after it happened on July 3, at the couple's home on the 500 bock of West Jefferson Street.

The boy, who landed on a concrete pad, was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh and treated for a broken pelvis and other possible injuries, investigators said. His condition Sunday was not available.

Police were notified about 12:30 p.m., after they said a third-party caller reported to 911 that a 2-year-old boy had fallen from the upstairs window overnight.

Officers got there and spoke to the child's mother, a 32-year-old Butler woman. She told police, according to court documents, that she had left her son and another child at the Blontz's home under the couple's care.

Police said Ruth Blontz recounted that the boy fell out of a bedroom window sometime between 1 and 2 a.m. July 3.

uth Blontz said she sent the boy's mother a text message, informing her that her son had fallen.

“(She) stated that she did not call 911 because her husband, Michael Blontz, told her not to,” the affidavit said, “and she did not want to fight with him.”

A full report appears in today's Butler Eagle

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