Cop catches newborn tossed from second-floor balcony in Jersey City
NEW JERSEY - A police officer in Jersey City is being called a hero after he caught a 1-month-old baby who was tossed from a second-floor balcony.
It happened Saturday morning on Rose Avenue. According to the Hudson County Prosecutor, a man was threatening to throw a baby from the second floor of the building.
The Jersey City Police Department set up a perimeter to negotiate with the man but he ended up throwing the baby from the balcony.
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Officer Eduardo Matute reacted quickly and was able to catch the baby.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said the baby was not hurt. He shared a photo on Instagram showing Matute cradling the infant at the hospital.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop posted a photo of Officer Eduardo Matute holding the baby he caught.
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"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," he posted with the photo.
"Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation," Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement. "Thank you, Officers!" she added.
The man, who was not identified, faces several charges, including attempted murder.