A man reportedly suffering a mental health episode threw a one-month-old baby from a second floor balcony on Saturday morning —but thankfully the tot was caught by a “superhero” cop.
The drama unfolded at around 9:30am on September 18, when officers Joseph Casey and Eduardo Matute responded to a call about a man reportedly threatening an infant at an address on Rose Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey.
When Casey and Matute arrived the man was dangling the infant over a balcony on the second floor of the building.
They tried to calm the man down but their negotiations failed and the baby was thrown from the building.
Luckily, the officers managed to break the infant’s fall.
While the tot appeared be be unharmed, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcionesaid the baby – whose name and sex have not been disclosed – has been taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up.
Video of the scene was captured by a bystander named Akhi and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop posted a picture to Instagram showing Officer Matute in the hospital, cradling the very lucky baby in his arms.
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The man who threw the baby has been arrested, and charges are pending following a mental health evaluation.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez tweeted her thanks to the officers involved.
“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation."
She added: “We especially want to acknowledge the actions & bravery of the negotiator and first-responding PO Joseph Casey, South District PO Eduardo Matute who safely caught the baby after being dropped from a 2nd floor balcony, and Incident Commander Capt Michael McKerry. Thank you, Officers!”
Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association President Joe Cossolini told Hudson County View:. “We are celebrating a beautiful life today instead of reading a tragic story because of the quick thinking, bravery, and team work exhibited by all of the officers who responded today.
"They are real life super heroes.”
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