A man reportedly suffering a mental health episode threw a one-month-old baby from a second floor balcony on Saturday morning —but thankfully the tot was caught by a “superhero” cop.
Officers Eduardo Matute and Joseph Casey responded to a call regarding a man who threatened an infant at Rose Avenue in Jersey City.
Matute and Casey were called to the scene by Matute who found the man hanging the infant from the balcony of the second floor.
The baby was then thrown out of the building after they tried to calm him down.
Luckily, the officers managed to break the infant’s fall.
While the tot appeared be be unharmed, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcionesaid the baby – whose name and sex have not been disclosed – has been taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up.
Akhi, a passerby, captured the scene and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop uploaded a photo to Instagram that showed Officer Matute at the hospital with the baby in his arms.
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After a mental evaluation, the man responsible for throwing the baby was arrested.
Esther Suarez, Hudson County prosecutor, thanked the officers for their help.
“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation.”
She added: “We especially want to acknowledge the actions & bravery of the negotiator and first-responding PO Joseph Casey, South District PO Eduardo Matute who safely caught the baby after being dropped from a 2nd floor balcony, and Incident Commander Capt Michael McKerry. Thank you, Officers!”
Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association President Joe Cossolini told Hudson County View:. “We are celebrating a beautiful life today instead of reading a tragic story because of the quick thinking, bravery, and team work exhibited by all of the officers who responded today.
“They are real life super heroes.”