Jersey City cops are hailed as heroes hero after catching a month-old BABY hurled off second-story balcony by ‘deranged’ man
- Officers Joseph Casey and Eduardo Matute caught a one month-old baby after a crazed man threw him off a second-floor balcony Saturday morning
- The deranged man was ‘dangling a baby over a balcony’ on Rose Avenue in Jersey City
- Although there were no apparent injuries the baby was taken to the hospital to be evaluated as a precautionary measure
- The man who threw the baby has been arrested and his charges are pending
Two Jersey City police officers have been hailed as heroes after they caught a one month-old baby hurled off a second-story balcony by a ‘deranged’ man.
The shocking incident happened on Rose Avenue in Jersey City around 9.30am Saturday morning.
It saw officers Joseph Casey and Eduardo Matute responded to call, where a man was reportedly threatening the infant, according to the Jersey City Times.
Casey and Matute are said to have tried to negotiate with the man, who was dangling the infant over the edge of a balcony.
They quickly set up a perimeter, and sought to negotiate with the man to try and get him to put the baby down safely.
But he hurled the infant off the outdoor platform, with the cops able to catch the youngster before the infant could be injured.
The man who threw the baby has been arrested and his charges are pending.
Although there were no apparent injuries, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said the baby was taken to the hospital to be evaluated as a precautionary measure.
Officers Joseph Casey and Eduardo Matute (pictured) caught a one month-old baby after a crazed man threw him off a second-floor balcony Saturday morning
The deranged man was ‘dangling a baby over a balcony’ on Rose Avenue in Jersey City (pictured). The cops ‘set up a perimeter to negotiate’ how they would catch the baby
Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association President Joe Cossolini called the officers ‘real life super heroes’.
‘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,’ he added.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop later posted a picture to Instagram showing Matute cradling the infant at a nearby hospital.
Matute was smiling down at the one-month-old, who was wrapped in a white blanket and sleeping soundly.
The baby’s gender has not been released, and it is unclear what relationship the child had to the man who dropped the infant off the balcony.
Cops have also yet to offer a motive for the near-tragedy, other than their comment about the man suffering a mental health episode when he threw the baby.
‘The officers at the scene reacted quickly and were able to catch the baby. Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically,’ the caption read.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez also tweeted her thanks to the officers involved ‘for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation’.