Witnesses thought they saw a doll falling from a window – but it was an eighteen month-old toddler.

The toddler fell 15 feet onto an elderly pedestrian

The toddler fell 15 feet onto an elderly pedestrian

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after her toddler fell from a first-floor window, hitting an elderly man walking on the pavement below and tumbling to the ground.

The little girl, who has not been named, is in Kings’ College Hospital being treated for serious head and chest injuries; she fell 15 feet from the window which was above a row of shops in Rainham, Kent, yesterday morning.

A witness to the terrifying tumble, 18 year-old Becky Zacharow, said: “It was about 8.10am and I was on the way to the train station on the way to work. I turned the corner and saw an elderly man coming out the shop with his paper and some milk and then I just saw a white blur coming down.”

Ms Zacharow said she thought it was a doll at first: “She had a long white baby gown on and she had a blond bowl hair cut. I just thought it was a doll. When she was coming down she was just spinning. I went over and what I thought was this doll just started screaming and I realised it was a baby. I was holding her so that her head was in my shoulder and I could see that she was bleeding. I put her in a cradle position. I grabbed some tissue and started wiping her face. When I was talking to her she was focusing on me.”

The toddler’s fall was partially broken by an awning, before she hit the elderly pedestrian and then the ground. Ms Zacharow said that the little girl “seemed to know what was going on” but was obviously badly injured.

The mother of the little girl, who is aged 30, was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and detained by the police for questioning. The sister of the girl’s father, who is not in contact with her, said that the girl was undergoing an operation and that there had been a forensic team at the flat for most of the day taking photographs and gathering evidence.