Pittsburgh police sergeant's toddler son dies after falling from second-story window of his home
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA: The toddler son of a police sergeant died after he fell from the second-story window of his home on August 30. Henry "Hank" Witucki was just a few months older than one when he died on September 3 after succumbing to his injuries. As per Allegheny County police, the unfortunate accident happened at around 6:30 in the evening at the house in the 100 block of Winchester Drive in Plum Borough.
Following the tragic fall, the child, whose father has been identified as Sgt Clark Witucki, was shifted to UPMC's Children's Hospital, where he had been in the ICU. But three days later, he died, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said. The 16-month-old’s death has reportedly prompted a probe by homicide detectives, however, it has not been revealed yet if they have made any arrest or found their suspect(s).
The devastated mother of the child, Rachel, has reportedly remembered him as a “sweet, sweet boy”. Besides, reports said that the deceased baby’s organs have been donated.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of sweet baby Hank as he was surrounded by loved ones. As an organ donor, Hank was able to give the most precious gift - the gift of life. Words could never show the appreciation for all of the love and support shown this past week, but it is much appreciated. The family is in the process of making final arrangements. We are thankful for your continued thoughts, prayers, and donations at this time,” according to a GoFund started to cover hospital expenses.
The fundraiser's first message read, “Hoping for help with prayers and donations for the Witucki family. Rachel and Clark's 16-month-old son Hank was injured in a freak accident earlier this week and is in critical condition at Children's hospital. Due to the extensive medical care he is receiving in the ICU, the family will need as much support as possible.”
“This beautiful, loving family could use any and all support at this tragic time, whether it be prayers or financial donations to help cover meals, travel, time off, medical expenses, etc,” it added. However, after his death, prayers and messages of support began to pour in in the comment section.
A person said, “Heartbroken for your family. Sending so much love and strength. -The Greb Family.” The second one wrote, “We are sending many prayers for the entire family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Love Joe, Sara, Jocelyn, Jordan & Joey Celko.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Renea and John Schneider family,” the third one said. The fourth one noted, “Sending love and prayers. We are so, so sorry for your loss ❤️ Rachel and Scott Schnur and family.” “God Bless you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers ❤️,” the fifth one expressed.
A Facebook user named Kathy Jo has also posted about the tragedy. She wrote, “Clark has worked with Jon for years. This tragic situation breaks my heart. If you can help in any way including sending them your prayers I would appreciate it.” A user commented below it, “Such a great guy. I grew up with Clark and this breaks my heart they’re going through this.” “I worked with Rachel for many years at the hospital. Truly a beautiful family. All my love and thoughts have been with them. My momma and friend heart is hurting for them so badly,” another comment read.