Police officer catches baby dropped from 2nd story, miraculously unhurt

A New Jersey police officer is being praised for catching a baby who had been dropped off a second-story balcony this Sunday.

The Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) received a call about a man threatening a baby on Sunday at Rove Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey, and several officers were dispatched to the scene. The deranged man was holding a baby over the railing of the second-story balcony in what turned into a tense and lengthy standoff, reported NorthJersey.com.

When the man did the unthinkable, and actually dropped the baby, JCPD Officer Eduardo Matute was below and was able to catch the 1-month-old infant safely.

The baby was taken to the hospital as a reasonable precaution, said city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione. The child appeared to be well, according to an Instagram post by Mayor Steve Fulop which shows Matute holding the sleeping baby in a blanket at the hospital.

“Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically,” wrote Fulop.


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As for the man who dropped the baby, he remains unidentified but Wallace-Scalcione told the press that he was arrested on the spot, with pending charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, with a further investigation ongoing.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez took to Twitter to congratulate the JCPD for their timely response and quick action that saved the baby from a potentially fatal fall, and in particular Matute, alongside the other responding officers, Joseph Casey, and Incident Commander Captain Michael McKerry:

The response on Twitter was overwhelmingly an expression of relief and thanks, while some decried the perpetrator for putting a 1-month-old baby in such a position:

Others commented on the adorable photo op of Matute with the baby:

Not even the crowd usually very critical of the police had anything bad to say, as everyone, especially in Jersey City, heaved a sigh of relief at the good news for the baby.


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