A New Jersey police officer is being hailed as a hero for saving a one-month-old infant from a two-story fall after being thrown.
Saving a Life
According to NBC News, a man in Jersey City was "dangling" a newborn baby over a balcony. Officer Joseph Casey arrived first, followed by Officer Eduardo Matute and others. Officers began negotiating with the man, setting up a perimeter.
The man threw the baby, and Officer Mutate caught the little one. According to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, the infant was not injured.
"Thank you JCPD. Today, the JCPD got a call that a child was in danger, they responded to the call and at that point, they saw a male threatening to throw a baby from the 2nd story of the building. The JCPD set up a perimeter to negotiate however eventually the man did throw the 1-month-old baby from the second story of the building – the officers at the scene reacted quickly and were able to catch the baby. Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically. We are lucky to have the men and woman of the JCPD, as every single day I see it firsthand they rise to meet any/all challenges.”Steven Fulop
Man Arrested And Charged
However, the man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, but his identity has not been released.
The Huson County Prosecutor's Office said, "Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation."Prosecutor Esther Suarez also thanked the negotiator, Officer Joseph Casey.
"We especially want to acknowledge the actions & bravery of the negotiator and first-responding PO Joseph Casey, South District PO Eduardo Matute... & Incident Commander Capt Michael McKerry."Esther Suarez
Jersey City Councilwoman Denise Ridley said, "I am glad our officers were there today to intervene before tragedy struck. The adorable baby and mom are doing well and are safe."
Thankfully, the officers moved quickly. Even though negotiations with the man failed, they still were able to save the baby's life, thanks to Officer Matute.