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11/21/2011 08:09 EST | Updated 01/21/2012 05:12 EST

Toronto Woman Charged After Toddler's 6-Storey Fall

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Less than a week after a three-year-old girl fell from a sixth-floor balcony in Toronto, a woman believed to be her mother has been charged with attempted murder.

The 24-year-old woman barricaded herself inside an apartment at 915 Midland Ave., near Eglinton Avenue East, after the fall on Nov. 17.

Police arrived to find the child on the grass outside the apartment building, not far from an iron fence.

The girl remains in life-threatening condition at the Hospital for Sick Children. The woman is also in hospital, and has not been able to appear in court.

Investigators have searched the area in and around the apartment for evidence and have spoken to a number witnesses. They now believe the girl was pushed.

If she doesn't survive, police say the case will become a homicide investigation.

Neighbours allege that the woman had been acting strangely the day the girl fell.

This is the second balcony fall incident this month, as a woman and two young children plunged from a fourth-floor apartment balcony in Toronto's east end on Nov. 5.