New York state is moving forward with an ambitious plan to install thousands of child safety guards in Manhattan’s public areas to prevent a deadly incident like this one, the state Department of Children and Family Services announced Wednesday.
The state will deploy an additional 2,000 child safety workers to the city’s public safety districts, the department said in a statement.
The child safety guard, who is in the first year of training, will be stationed in the same areas as the other workers.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that the incident occurred on a balcony in the Bronx on April 23 when a toddler jumped from a third-floor balcony and was struck by a vehicle.
The family who lives in the home and the man who lives at the home were reportedly in shock as a passerby rushed to help the toddler and stopped the bleeding, the Times reported.
The boy was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
The department said that it is also expanding its child safety patrols in neighborhoods across the state to include the areas surrounding Times Square and other public buildings.
The plan is the result of a three-year, $1.8 million pilot program funded by the state’s Community Development Block Grant program, the New York Daily News reported.
The agency said the program is designed to protect children from children who might get into trouble at large gatherings, including fireworks, parties, and other large gatherings.