June 21, 2013 06:51:42 GMT
Cristina Torre saved the life of a baby, who wandered around when his parents were asleep, as she caught him after falling off fire escape.
Baseball Legend Joe Torre's daughter, Cristina Torre, miraculously caught a 1-year-old baby boy who dangled from fire escape and saved his life. Cristina was at a Brooklyn cafe on Wednesday, June 19, when a man ran to a cupcake shop where she was having coffee. The man asked people to call 911 because he saw a baby straddling on fire escape.
While calling the emergency line, 44-year-old Cristina placed herself below the baby's position. "All of a sudden it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands," before finally lost his grip, she told NBC 4 New York. "I was still talking to 911 and I just put out my arms, and literally, it was effortless. It was meant to be. He landed in my arms," she recalled the incident.
Joe Torre said that he "got goosebumps" after learning about his daughter's heroic act. "The kids are our future and when you get a situation where the good Lord puts you in a position where you're there, and a child's life is in your hands, literally, it feels good to me. I know it did to her," he added.
Cristina, who is a teacher in a Montessori school, revealed that she was still in shock following the incident, but she was "thrilled" to know that the baby was doing well. The police said that the infant was in stable condition after he apparently hit his mouth on the way down.
"I hope parents learn from this. There have to be safety measures put in place to protect the children, because so quick that all this can happen," she said.
According to the police, the baby boy's parents were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. The two were asleep when the baby wandered around the window and went out to the fire escape.