Yreka child critical after fall at Rogue Valley Mall

The condition of a Yreka preschooler who fell from the second floor to the first at Kohl's department store in Medford's Rogue Valley Mall deteriorated from serious to critical Tuesday at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

Alexandra Martin, 4, was hospitalized late Monday with head injuries after she fell about 25 feet near the department store's escalator, landing on her face, said Medford police Lt. Tim Doney.

Doney said she fractured her skull in the fall. The fall occurred as the child's mother, Amy Beal of Yreka, and a friend were shopping with their daughters just after 9 p.m. Monday.

Alexandra became separated from her mother. Beal told police she had been looking for Alexandra when she saw people gathered around her near the base of the escalator, Doney said.

A barrier surrounds the escalator area, and it is not clear how Alexandra fell, Doney said, although she did not fall down the escalator.

Several people witnessed the fall, he said.

"There was a female employee on the first floor near the base of the elevator who attempted to catch the child but wasn't able to," he said.

It's unknown whether the employee was able to touch the child or lessen the impact of the fall, Doney said. Police initially reported that the fall had not been broken. As of press time Tuesday, detectives had not yet interviewed the employee to find out more details.

Alexandra was transported by Mercy Flight to Rogue Valley Medical Center and then was transferred to Doernbecher, where she was being treated in the intensive care unit late Tuesday.

Critical condition indicates the patient has unstable vital signs or that a major complication has arisen.

Doernbecher declined to release more details about her condition because of confidentiality laws.

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