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Hopkinsville child's death from propped window ruled accidental

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Hopkinsville police have ruled the death of a young boy who was struck by a window that had been propped open at his family's home as an accident.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon at a home on McKee Street, where neighbors say 4-year-old Wyatt Mallett was playful and polite.

"It's something you won't ever forget," said the Rev. Donald Day, a neighbor who was among the first people to rush to the home.

A piece of wood was propping a window open on the warm spring afternoon while Wyatt was looking out. Something caused the wood to slip, and the window came down on Wyatt's neck.

"It's nothing the family did wrong. The family did not leave out a loaded gun. They didn't leave out prescription bottles within reach of the child where the child could overdose. This was a complete and horrible accident," said Hopkinsville police Officer Paul Ray.

Wyatt's dad tried performing CPR, but it was too late.

"They thought their home was as safe as could be, and this would be the last thing that could ever happen to their child. And, unfortunately, it did happen. And I guess we all have to take a look and think what could harm our children," Ray said.

In January, the same family lost twins who were stillborn, so it's hard for anyone - even a reverend or a police officer - to find the right words of comfort for a family that has dealt with so much tragedy.

"We continue to pray for them and keep them in prayer," Day said.

"We can only hope and pray for them that they can find comfort somewhere along the line in all this," Ray said.

Wyatt's father told Channel 4 News he's still too upset to come home but asks for everyone's continued thoughts and prayers.

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