Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:21 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Nov 10, 2011 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A boy who fell off a ledge at the state Capitol wants to see more done so others don't get broken bones.
Andrew Illes and his mom spoke to News 2 from his hospital room. Andrew says he was trying to take a picture of the Capitol statues during a class field trip and fell 25 feet, breaking both legs and hurting his arm.
"I went to go look at the statue and then I went to go look over the curb and then I just fell," Andrew said. "I was thinking... my bones were going to get crushed.
Since then a "Keep Off" sign went up to help steer children and visitors away from the ledge, but his mother says more needs to be done to keep the steps safe.
"I'm not happy with it, it's progress, but that's not what needs to be done," said Katherine Sturgill-Illes. "The field trips are daily, there are hundreds of kids who go there daily, and we need to do something quickly or somebody else is going to get hurt."
And with months of rehabilitation to come, Andrew's mother also wants the state to take responsibility.
"I think the state needs to step up and take care of my son and do the right thing," she said.
The Capitol building is controlled by the Legislature, and some lawmakers have called for a railing to be added to the ledge where Andrew fell. Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would support such an action.