A baby girl is critically ill in hospital after she plunged from a window.

The family had only recently moved into the Tipton council house

The family had only recently moved into the Tipton council house

The family had just moved into their new council house on Highfield Road in Tipton in the West Midlands. The little girl fell from a window on the first floor at around 10.30am yesterday morning.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, including the air ambulance. The little girl was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Local resident and neighbour, 70 year-old Dorothy Burton, told reporters how the accident evoked terrible memories for her: “They are a lovely family, they have only been here about a month but I couldn’t ask for better neighbours. It took me back in time as a similar thing happened to my daughter 40 years ago. Catches on the window needed to be repaired. She fractured her skull, but she is 44 now. It was like history repeating itself. I didn’t see it happen but I saw the little mite being taken away by the ambulance. She’s a beautiful little thing.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries and these are currently at a very early stage.”

The deputy leader of Sandwell Council, Mahboob Hussain, said: “We are aware of an incident involving a child reportedly falling from a first floor window at a council home. Until we have more details, we cannot comment further, other than to say our thoughts are with the child and their family.”