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    Toddler dies in horror accident after falling from Sioux Falls hotel window on vacation

    By Yelena Mandenberg,


    In a heart-wrenching social media post, a mother has revealed that her toddler son, who fell from a hotel window in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Saturday, has tragically died.

    A GoFundMe fundraiser was previously set up to aid the family of the Minnesota 18-month-old during this difficult time. Both of the tot's parents are teachers, and the mother is currently expecting another child due in August.

    The Sioux Falls Police Department reported that the 18-month-old child, named Madden Hein, fell from a third-floor window at the Club House Hotel & Suites on Louise Avenue. The incident occurred around 9 am on April 13, while the boy was staying there with his parents.

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    The Sioux Falls police are continuing their investigation into the incident. Authorities transported the child to a local hospital following the fall. It remains unclear how the child managed to fall from the window, which did not have a balcony.

    Madden's father, Jackson County Central High School social studies teacher, and boys basketball head coach, Alex Hein, made a post on X, formerly Twitter, updating the public on his little boy's death. He and his wife's accounts are full of wholesome pictures of their children, including Madden's sister, along with plenty of photos of the couple and their engagement.

    In a heartfelt message on the GoFundMe page, the family wrote: "Please help support the Hein family during this difficult time. Madden was involved in an accident on 4/13/24 where he fell from a hotel in Sioux Falls. Madden was taken to a local hospital where he was hospitalized."

    They continued: "It is with heavy hearts to say that sweet Madden gained his angel wings late on April 15. We will miss him so much and are having a hard time processing it all. Madden is giving the gift of life to so many people by going through the organ donation process. Thank you for all of the love and support that everyone is giving Madden's family."

    The family also shared that Madden leaves behind two loving parents who are teachers, a three-year-old sister, and a sibling due to be born in August. "Please help us support Madden and his family during this time and please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you," the family concluded on the fundraising site.

    The child's organs will be donated, according to a Facebook post made by the family. "His organs are going to help so many other people. Our little boy is a real life superhero," the statement reads.

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    "We will get to do a honor walk with him to his organ donation surgery. We will give out information when we know as this is a process. This honor walk is for ANYONE who would like to help honor Madden in an amazing way."

    According to the Hannah Geneser Foundation , "annually, more than 5000 children go to emergency rooms after falling from windows and on average, eight children die from their injuries." The group focuses on bringing attention to window safety, in honor of another child that died in a similar tragedy, Hannah Geneser.

    The Child Action Prevention Trust , based in the UK, added that: "Parents often see falls from windows as ‘freak’ accidents but the statistics belie that view. In fact, nationally, one child under five is admitted to hospital every day after falling from a building – often from open windows but also from balconies."

    Safety experts urge adults everywhere to be cautious and ensure the proper window types are installed in their homes. However, hotels and public spaces do not always create extra protections. Whether this hotel had window guards or not wasn't revealed, however, a police investigation should uncover what, if any, safety steps the hotel took to prevent these types of child accidents.

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