Passerby who happens to be daughter of baseball’s Joe Torre catches falling baby
By Chris Boyette and Leigh Remizowski, CNN
NEW YORK (CNN) - A 1-year-old boy who plummeted two stories from a fire escape in Brooklyn Wednesday was saved when a quick-thinking passerby saw the child and caught him as he fell, according to police.
The woman who caught the baby is Cristina Torre, daughter of famed Major League Baseball manager and former National League All-Star catcher Joe Torre.
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 44-year-old Cristina Torre, who happened to be passing by, saw the situation and positioned herself beneath the awning in time to catch the child, Duffy said.
The boy was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and was in stable condition, Duffy said.
Joe Torre released a statement Wednesday night saying, “I am very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child. Fortunately for that child she was in the right place at the right time to lend a hand.”
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.
CNN Sports’ Joseph S. Miller contributed to this report.