A baby boy is fighting for his life after plunging 50ft from a third floor flat and suffering a serious head injury.

The one-year-old tot suffered critical injuries when he fell from an apartment block in Birmingham, West Mids, shortly before 7pm on Friday.

The youngster was said to be in a critical condition in hospital with a serious head injury.

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into how the baby came to fall from the building in Erdington.

It is understood the building is a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults.

A witness heard a woman screaming as the incident unfolded. The baby is believed to have fallen on a narrow pathway between the building and the railway embankment.

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A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits

A small piece of clothing lay on the floor, surrounded by green fasteners from first aid kits used by the ambulance crew to treat the injured baby.

A witness said: “I didn’t see it happen, but I heard screaming from a woman.

“There were so many cops and ambulance people here, it was gut wrenching.

It is understood the building is a YMCA hostel for vulnerable adults
A police officer stands guard at the scene in Erdington, Birmingham

“I heard from other residents here that there was another young kid inside when it happened, I’m praying the child is going to be okay.”

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service rushed the victim to hospital on blue lights and sirens in a critical condition.

A cordon was last night placed around the rear of the property, where residential rooms look out onto a railway line.

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “We are investigating after a child fell from the window of a flat on Reservoir Road, Erdington just before 7.30pm last night (Friday 10 July).

“The one-year-old child was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, where he remains today (Saturday 11 July), as enquiries continue into how he came about his injuries.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am - midnight or call 101 anytime.

“Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log 4049 of 10 July."