A New Jersey police officer is being praised after he caught a 1-month-old baby who fell from a second floor balcony Saturday morning.
According to authorities, Jersey City police responded to a call of a child in danger, and when they arrived they found a man threatening to throw a 1-month-old baby over a balcony.
A perimeter was set up around the building so police could negotiate with the man, but “eventually the man did throw the one-month-old baby from the second story of the building,” Jersey City’s mayor Steven Fulop said, according to CNN.
Thankfully, Officer Eduardo Matute caught the child.
Miraculously, the baby was unharmed, though they were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
The man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Jersey City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.
Feeling grateful for the efforts of the Jersey City Police Officers who performed heroically today to keep this baby safe. Thank you JCPD! #jerseycity pic.twitter.com/UptJWywzEe
— ProsecutorSuarezHCPO (@HCPOProsecutor) September 19, 2021
“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement, according to NJ.com.
Thank you Officer Matute for catching the child! You saved their life!
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