Caring parents’ one mistake cost the life of an autistic Bronx tot — ‘Hold on to your children,’ says grieving mom 2/18/2019

Four-year-old Helena Flores was autistic, so her caring parents made sure to child-proof their home.

The one thing they overlooked — an open window high enough that it seemed out of reach — was deadly to the Bronx toddler.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Helena climbed up to the window, which was cracked open two inches so her bedroom wouldn’t get too hot.

Somehow, Helena opened it further — and fell from her fourth-floor apartment to the pavement below.

On Sunday, Helena’s parents had planned a Peppa Pig-themed birthday party in the family’s home on E. 140th St. near Cypress Ave. in Mott Haven. Their daughter turned four years old last Tuesday.

Instead, they spent the day grieving.

“She was loved and was safe. My whole home is childproofed because Helena’s autistic,” said Hilda Flores, the girl’s mother. “We just overlooked one small detail.”

Helena Flores
Helena Flores (Obtained by New York Daily News)

Flores said the tiny kids’ bedroom contains two radiators — so she often left the window open to keep the space from getting too hot.

Flores said she was asleep when her daughter fell, and that her sister and niece were on babysitting duty.

“I am currently experiencing back pain, I am currently on muscle relaxers trying to deal with the pain,” said Flores. “I went to take a nap and I woke up when my sister ran in the room and asked if Helena was with me.”

Flores said she and her sister frantically searched the tiny apartment and quickly discovered the bedroom window was wide open and Helena’s body was sprawled below.

“We was told she had died on impact,” said Flores. “Although no amount of words could console my family and I, knowing she didn’t suffer gives an inch of peace.”

Flores said the family cut a cake on Helena’s birthday Tuesday. She was proud that Helena blew out her candles unassisted.

“When you have an autistic child, things like that are big,” she said.

Building located at 685E 140th Street in the Bronx. 4-year-old Helena Flores died after she toppled out of a fourth-floor window into a parking lot behind the building, police said.
Building located at 685E 140th Street in the Bronx. 4-year-old Helena Flores died after she toppled out of a fourth-floor window into a parking lot behind the building, police said. (Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News)

Flores said her husband went to Home Depot on Sunday afternoon to get childproofing equipment for the window from which Helena fell.

“We were one of those parents that would say, ‘No, not me. Not my kid,’” said Flores. “We were extra careful in our household. One mistake changed all of this in a split second.”

The family was waiting to hear from the hospital to begin arranging Helena’s funeral .

“Helena was very smart, very bright,” Flores said. “She had high functioning autism, but she was a bright, bright little girl. She was very athletic, very into gymnastics. She was always climbing and jumping.”

Helena had one sister and three brothers, Flores said.

“It was truly a small mistake that caused a tragedy, a mistake that anyone could have overlooked,” said Flores. “Hold onto your children because accidents like this can happen to anyone at any moment.”

One of three attackers wanted in fatal stabbing of Bronx teen arrested 2/18/2019

One of the three attackers wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Bronx teen has been arrested, police said Monday.

Jason Ramirez, 20, was busted Friday for the slaying of Pernell Pompey, 17.

Pompey was jumped by three men and stabbed at E. 193rd St. and Decatur Ave. in Fordham Manor, two blocks from his home, about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in what police believe may have been a robbery attempt.

He was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital but could not be saved.

Lady Gaga Defends ‘Brave’ Cardi B After Grammy Backlash: ‘You Deserve Awards’

Count Lady Gaga in the Cardi B camp after the rapper drew backlash over her Grammy win. 

Both of them walked away with trophies at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night; Cardi B even made history, becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album ― but only the hip-hop superstar had to defend her win for some reason after some online critics labeled her undeserving. 

Gaga apparently caught wind of the controversy and showed her support for the rapper on Tuesday with a heartfelt post, praising her “brave” fellow Grammy winner. 

“It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art,” the “A Star Is Born” actress wrote. “I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up & honor her. She is brave.”

After years of their fans clamoring for the two music icons to join forces, they met at the awards show and shared a sweet moment together.

Gaga posted a silly video of herself celebrating her Grammy and BAFTA wins by dancing backstage to Cardi B’s Grammy-nominated hit “I l Like It” off her album “Invasion of Privacy,” which refers to the pop star by name. 

Cardi B’s night, unfortunately, didn’t end as smoothly, with the rapper deactivating her Instagram page after posting an impassioned video of herself defending her Grammy win.

“You know what? It’s not my style for people to put other people down to uplift somebody else. That’s not my style, and that’s not what I’m with, and I don’t support that. However, I’ve been taking a lot of shit today,” she says in the video. “I’m seeing a lot of bullshit today, and I saw a lot of shit last night, and I’m sick of this shit. I work hard for my motherfucking album.”

She beat out fellow nominees Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott and the late Mac Miller for the prestigious award.  

Fortunately, Gaga wasn’t the only one to show Cardi some love over the weekend, with Chance the Rapper, who is featured on “Invasion of Privacy,” calling her win “overly deserved.” 

“It would be inconceivable not to honor u last night,” he wrote in the comments of a now-deleted post. “Straight up bask in it YOU deserve it. Its a feeling very few will ever know, but YOU do.”