Baby boy plunges 50ft from second-floor window of Birmingham YMCA apartment block

Horror as baby boy plunges 50ft from second-floor window of Birmingham YMCA apartment block leaving him fighting for life with head injuries

  • The one-year-old baby boy suffered a serious head injury as a result of the fall
  • Witnesses described a woman screaming after the baby plunged to the ground
  • West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fall 

A baby boy is fighting for his life after plummeting from a second floor YMCA apartment block in Birmingham.

The one-year-old plunged 50 feet shortly before 7pm last night. 

He was today said to be in a critical condition in hospital with a serious head injury.

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into how the baby came to fall from the building in Reservoir Road, Erdington.

He plummeted from a flat at a YMCA Heart of England housing scheme called The Vineyard. 

A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits used by the ambulance crew to treat the injured baby

A police van was seen stationed outside the building, believed to be a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults

A police van was seen stationed outside the building, believed to be a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults

The baby is believed to have fallen on a narrow pathway between the building and the railway embankment.

A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits used by the ambulance crew to treat the injured baby. 

A witness said: ‘I didn’t see it happen, but I heard screaming from a woman. There were so many cops and ambulance people here, it was gut wrenching.

‘I heard from other residents here that there was another young kid inside when it happened, I’m praying the child is going to be okay.’

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service rushed the baby boy to hospital on blue lights and sirens, where he remains in a critical condition.

The infant remains in hospital after having suffered a serious injury from the fall

The infant remains in hospital after having suffered a serious injury from the fall

A cordon was last night placed around the rear of the property, where residential rooms look out onto a railway line. 

West Midlands Police said in a statement: ‘We are investigating after a child fell from the window of a flat on Reservoir Road, Erdington just before 7.30pm last night. 

‘The one-year-old child was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, where he remains today as enquiries continue into how he came about his injuries.’ 

Staff from the YMCA scheme next door went to help him and his family within minutes of the incident, according to a YMCA Heart of England spokesman.

He said: ‘Our heart goes out to the little boy’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

‘We are working with the West Midlands Police and will be carrying out our own investigation internally so that we fully understand what has taken place. YMCA Heart of England takes health and safety extremely seriously and our residents’ safety and welfare is central to everything we do.’

He said The Vineyard, which opened in May 2016, ‘meets or exceeds all relevant safety standards’ and it has an in-house team and external professionals who help maintain the properties.

The spokesman said: ‘We will continue to offer support to the little boy’s family and to our staff and other residents who have been affected by this.’

Baby boy plunges 50ft from third-floor window of Birmingham YMCA apartment block

Horror as baby boy plunges 50ft from third-floor window of Birmingham YMCA apartment block leaving him fighting for life in hospital

  • The one-year-old baby boy suffered a serious head injury as a result of the fall
  • Witnesses described a woman screaming after the baby plunged to the ground
  • West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fall 

A baby boy is fighting for his life after plummeting from a third floor flat in Birmingham.

The one-year-old plunged 50 feet from an apartment block shortly before 7pm last night. 

He was today said to be in a critical condition in hospital with a serious head injury.

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into how the baby came to fall from the building in Reservoir Road, Erdington, believed to by a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults. 

A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits used by the ambulance crew to treat the injured baby

A police van was seen stationed outside the building, believed to be a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults

A police van was seen stationed outside the building, believed to be a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults

The baby is believed to have fallen on a narrow pathway between the building and the railway embankment.

A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits used by the ambulance crew to treat the injured baby. 

A witness said: ‘I didn’t see it happen, but I heard screaming from a woman. There were so many cops and ambulance people here, it was gut wrenching.

‘I heard from other residents here that there was another young kid inside when it happened, I’m praying the child is going to be okay.’

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service rushed the baby boy to hospital on blue lights and sirens, where he remains in a critical condition.

The infant remains in hospital after having suffered a serious injury from the fall

The infant remains in hospital after having suffered a serious injury from the fall

A cordon was last night placed around the rear of the property, where residential rooms look out onto a railway line. 

West Midlands Police said in a statement: ‘We are investigating after a child fell from the window of a flat on Reservoir Road, Erdington just before 7.30pm last night. 

‘The one-year-old child was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, where he remains today as enquiries continue into how he came about his injuries.’  

Driver ‘wearing flip flops’ ploughs VW Golf underneath Nissan Qashqai in horror crash in Birmingham 

Driver ‘wearing flip flops’ ploughs VW Golf underneath Nissan Qashqai in horror crash in Birmingham

  • A  red VW Golf and a Nissan Qashqai collided today on Hagley road in Edgbaston
  • The man in ‘flip flops’ drove the red VW Golf UNDERNEATH the Nissan Qashqai 
  • Someone was taken to hospital but the police said no one was seriously injured

A man drove his car underneath another car leaving the two in a surreal and terrifying position. 

He was ‘wearing shorts and flip flops’ when he drove his red VW Golf under the Nissan Qashqai on Hagley road in Edgbaston, Birmingham

Firefighters, police and paramedics attended the crash just after 1PM today but the West Midlands Police said no one was seriously injured.  

A red VW Golf collided with a Nissan Qashqai on Hagley road in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and ploughed underneath it 

Police, paramedics and the fire brigade attended the scene but they said no one was seriously injured

Police, paramedics and the fire brigade attended the scene but they said no one was seriously injured 

West Midlands Ambulance Service told the Express and Star they treated one woman who was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment. 

But they also said no one was seriously injured in the car crash.  

It was a witness who phoned the fire brigade but they did not see what happened until after after the Golf was already underneath the Nissan. 

The witness said: ‘I came to the crossroads and saw it parked under the black car. 

‘The driver got out, he was wearing shorts and flip flops.’ 

Hagley Road, where the collision happened, is a 30mph zone and is policed by average speed cameras. 

Firefighters tweeted the unbelievable photo telling people that Birmingham’s city centre was congested.  

After the accident drivers were asked to avoid the area between Monument Road to Norfolk Road, which had been closed off. 

Buses were also diverted while emergency services were dealing with the accident but traffic has returned to normal now.   

Care homes get £1,000 ‘bribe’ for taking in hospital patients to free up beds

Care homes get £1,000 ‘bribe’ for taking in hospital patients to free up beds – regardless of whether they had coronavirus or not

  • Sixteen homes took the cash incentive offer from Birmingham City Council  
  • Nursing homes had to admit the patient within 24 hours to qualify for the money  
  • The local authority said the money was to help pay for extra PPE, additional staff and cleaning so patients could be isolated 

Struggling care homes were given a £1,000 cash incentive to take in hospital patients in order to free up beds, it has emerged.

To qualify for the payment the home had to admit the patient within 24 hours – regardless if they had coronavirus or not.

Sixteen homes took up the offer from Birmingham City Council.

It comes as Boris Johnson yesterday insisted the ‘last thing’ he had wanted to do was blame care workers for deaths in homes, as a row over apportioning responsibility for the crisis continued.

Birmingham council said the £1,000 incentive, from a £5million pot, was to help pay for any additional costs including extra personal protective equipment, additional staff and cleaning so Covid-19 patients could be isolated.  

Boris Johnson yesterday insisted the ‘last thing’ he had wanted to do was blame care workers for deaths in homes, as a row over apportioning responsibility for the crisis continued

But one care home manager who rejected the cash said she’s certain it’s one of the reasons none of her residents have been infected.

Jane Farr, who manages Covid-free Digby Manor care home in Erdington, told the Birmingham Mail: ‘Nobody could be certain those people did not have Covid-19. I’m certain it was a reason we have not had any cases.’ 

Thousands of care home residents have died during the crisis due to a lack of PPE and the dash to discharge NHS patients without testing them first.

The Prime Minister yesterday again resisted apologising for comments in which he said deaths had been so high because ‘too many care homes’ didn’t follow the proper procedures.

And he attracted further criticism by claiming ‘we just didn’t know’ about asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus, despite warnings stretching back to January.

Boris Johnson told the Commons that the Government took responsibility for its actions during the outbreak – but said understanding of coronavirus had ‘changed dramatically’ in recent months.

He said the Government now knows aspects about how coronavirus is passed between people without symptoms ‘that we just didn’t know’ before. 

But minutes from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on January 28 clearly referred to asymptomatic transmission, warning that ‘early indications imply some is occurring’.

Pictured: A file photo shows an elderly woman walking supported by a frame during the coronavirus outbreak. Birmingham council said the £1,000 incentive, from a £5million pot, was to help pay for any additional costs including extra personal protective equipment, additional staff and cleaning so Covid-19 patients could be isolated

Pictured: A file photo shows an elderly woman walking supported by a frame during the coronavirus outbreak. Birmingham council said the £1,000 incentive, from a £5million pot, was to help pay for any additional costs including extra personal protective equipment, additional staff and cleaning so Covid-19 patients could be isolated

From mid-March hospitals were ordered to ‘urgently discharge’ patients to free up bed space but were not told to test patients first. Routine testing was not introduced until April 16.

Campaigners blame this policy for causing the catastrophic spread of Covid-19 in care homes. In Birmingham more than 400 people were moved from hospital to care homes – while the newly built Nightingale Hospital did not admit a single patient.

Birmingham council invited care homes to apply for the cash incentive on April 14.

The ‘one-off payment’ of £1,000 was paid to care homes ‘to recognise the potential additional costs associated with assessing and discharging quickly and to ensure finances are quickly available to support discharge in line with the national guidance’.

The council guidance made clear the home has to accept admissions ‘regardless of the citizen’s Covid-19 testing or diagnosis status at the point of discharge’.

Meanwhile the NHS Nightingale overspill hospital at the NEC never saw a patient and is now mothballed.

Dr David Rosser, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham, has since expressed how, with hindsight, the city created ‘too much’ capacity. He also added that the impact on care homes was not fully appreciated.

Birmingham council said: ‘The payment [to care homes] was to allow additional costs to be funded, meaning Covid status should not be a barrier to discharge.’

Niall Horan is in a relationship with designer shoe buyer Amelia Woolley after dating for two months

EXCLUSIVE ‘Lockdown has intensified his feelings’: One Direction star Niall Horan is in a secret relationship with designer shoe buyer Amelia Woolley after dating for two months

Niall Horan is in a new relationship with designer shoe buyer Amelia Woolley, MailOnline can exclusively reveal. 

The One Direction star, 26, has been dating Amelia, 23, from Birmingham, for the last two months after the pair grew close in lockdown.

A source exclusively told MailOnline: ‘Niall is very serious about Amelia, lockdown has definitely intensified his feelings for her.’

‘Lockdown intensified his feelings for her’: Niall Horan is in a new relationship with designer shoe buyer Amelia Woolley, MailOnline can exclusively reveal 

Niall’s romance with Amelia is his first serious relationship since his split from actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, 23, after the former couple split in 2018. 

A source continued: ‘Niall has been seeing Amelia for the last two months.

‘He thinks Amelia’s gorgeous but they also really get on – and she’s told close friends this could be the real deal.

‘They met in London as Amelia works for shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and moved to Kensington for her job.

Stunner: The One Direction star, 26, has been dating Amelia, 23, from Birmingham, for the last two months after the pair grew close in lockdown

Stunner: The One Direction star, 26, has been dating Amelia, 23, from Birmingham, for the last two months after the pair grew close in lockdown 

'She's told close friends this could be the real deal': A source told MailOnline Amelia has been spending time at Niall's London apartment after lockdown restrictions in the city eased

‘She’s told close friends this could be the real deal’: A source told MailOnline Amelia has been spending time at Niall’s London apartment after lockdown restrictions in the city eased 

‘Amelia has spent a lot of time getting to know Niall at his London apartment after lockdown restrictions eased.’

MailOnline contacted Niall’s spokesperson for comment.  

Niall was pictured smiling in a black and white photo with Amelia as the two sipped wine at his London apartment on Sunday.

Shoe buyer Amelia shared the romantic post on her Snapchat, captioning the image ‘Sunday’s vibe’ along with a love heart emoji.

The couple were also pictured looking close together at a July 4th celebration last weekend, where Amelia was seen with her arm lovingly around Niall. 

In May, MailOnline revealed that Niall had slid into former Love Island star Arabella Chi’s DMs but she had rejected his advances. 

Happy couple: Amelia posted a romantic black and white image of her sipping wine with Niall to her Snapchat profile on Sunday

Happy couple: Amelia posted a romantic black and white image of her sipping wine with Niall to her Snapchat profile on Sunday  

The singer messaged Arabella, 29, on Instagram in April just a week after her split from Wes Nelson, 22.

Arabella later admitted in an interview: ‘Normally I love an Irish accent but Niall just isn’t my type and I am 5ft 10. He came across as a complete gentleman. But when it comes to love he’s not for me.’

Niall recently shut down speculation he was romantically involved with Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, 27, after the pair were spotted wearing ‘matching gold signet rings.’

He tweeted ‘Confirmed??’ alongside four crying with laughter emojis to a fan who assumed they were together.

The Irish star is also rumoured to have dated singer Selena Gomez, 27, but the pair remain adamant they’re just ‘good friends.’ 

Moving on: Niall has been single since his 2018 split from singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld, who inspired his latest album Heartbreak Weather

Moving on: Niall has been single since his 2018 split from singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld, who inspired his latest album Heartbreak Weather