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1-year-old boy dies after falling from third floor South Dakota hotel room

The parents confirmed that little Madden's body will be used for organ donation

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April 18, 2024 9:47am

Updated: April 22, 2024 9:03am

A 1-year-old boy tragically died after falling from the third-story window of a hotel room in South Dakota, his family confirmed Tuesday.

The minor was identified as Madden Hein, a resident of the city of Lakefield, who died this Monday two days after falling from a window of the Club House Hotel & Suites in Sioux Falls, according to his parents, Kathryn and Alex Hein.

“It is with a heavy heart to say that our sweet baby Madden received his angel wings late on April 15,” the couple wrote in a Facebook post. “We miss him so much and are having a hard time processing all of this.”

Madden's body will be destined for organ donation. “His organs will help many other people. “Our little one is a real-life superhero,” his parents added.

Police are investigating the boy's death, but a spokesman for the Sioux Falls Police Department, Officer Sam Clemens, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that "there is nothing that leads us to believe it was anything other than a tragic accident."

This Wednesday, about 250 people joined the parents of little Madden outside Sanford Children's Hospital, where the minor would undergo organ donation surgery, the KELO media group reported.

A GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised more than $69,000. The couple is survived by a 3-year-old daughter and are expecting another child in August.

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Marielbis Rojas

Marielbis Rojas is a Venezuelan journalist and communications professional with a degree in Social Communication from UCAB. She is a news reporter for ADN America.