Passerby Catches Baby Falling From Awning In Brooklyn

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(CNN) — A 1-year-old boy who plummeted two stories from a fire escape in Brooklyn on Wednesday was saved when a quick-thinking passerby saw the child and caught him as he fell, according to police.

The boy crawled through the window of a second-story apartment after pushing aside a piece of cardboard that blocked an opening beside the apartment’s air conditioning unit, according to NYPD Detective James Duffy.

He then climbed onto the fire escape and fell onto the awning of a frozen yogurt shop directly below the apartment and bounced off, Duffy said.

That was when a 44-year-old woman passing by saw the situation and positioned herself beneath the awning in time to catch the child, Duffy said.

The boy’s parents were charged with child endangerment, Duffy said. Three other children, aged 2, 3 and 5, were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.

The boy was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and is in stable condition, Duffy said.