Boy who fell 25 ft into Brooklyn’s subway grids: “I simply need to go dwelling”

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) – An 11-year-old boy who fell about 25 feet through a subway emergency gate in a Brooklyn playground is staying in the hospital while the investigation into the incident continues.

Jayden Cardoso sustained injuries including a broken pelvis, broken wrist, stitches and bruises on her face. Since then, his parents have been by his bed.

“I just want to see my little brother,” Jayden said in a video posted by his family. “I just want to go home.”

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His parents are just glad he is alive, but they know he has a long recovery ahead of him.

“He keeps saying he’s sorry,” said Papa Reyes Cardoso.

It happened just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the Rudd Playground on Bushwick Avenue and Aberdeen Street, where police said Cardoso entered a fenced area while playing with friends.

Little did he know the grille was missing, however, and he fell 20 to 25 feet and landed next to the L-train tracks.

Neighbors tell Eyewitness News that tramps trying to get on the subway likely removed the protection around the grille, although police have not released any further details.

“An unfortunate event, remembered, this is the first such incident involving rust in one of our parks,” the parks department said in a statement. “The health and safety of this child is in their hearts and minds. We are delighted to hear that the Good Samaritans have safely removed them from the subway grille that runs through the Rudd Playground.

Officials say the grate is usually security by fencing it in on all sides, which was installed when the playground was being reconstructed. However, they say it was destroyed and the fasteners cut and the fence peeled off. It has since been backed up again.

Witnesses said the boy’s pregnant mother initially tried to jump down, but instead half a dozen men who were playing basketball nearby with the boy’s father took action.

They worked together and pulled him to safety with a dog leash.

“Some people could help me and I could get them down and pick him up,” said Reyes Cardoso. “He just screamed … No parent should have to see their child go through this. It’s tough.”

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The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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