Torre Falling Baby: Joe Torre's Daughter Cristina Catches Toddler Tumbling From Brooklyn Fire Escape

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 21, 2013 11:54 AM EDT

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A falling toddler was caught by Cristina Torre, who happened to be walking by a Brooklyn apartment from which the baby escaped. (Photo: Facebook)

A baby falling from a second-story fire escape was caught on Wednesday morning by Cristina Torre, the daughter of Yankees legend Joe Torre.

The toddler fell from the fire escape and bounced off an awning on Third Avenue and 91st Street, in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. The 1-year-old fell right into the arms of Torre, 44, a Montessori school teacher who happened to be walking by.

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"I honestly did not feel his weight," Torre told CNN. "It was effortless. He felt light as a feather."

Police say the toddler pushed a piece of cardboard which was covering a hole next to the air conditioner out of the window, then crawled out onto the fire escape.

The baby fell onto an awning of a yogurt shop below the fire escape. That's when Torre spotted the baby and called 911. But the baby fell from the awning, and Torre was there to make the catch.

"I was still talking to 911 and I just put out my arms, and literally, it was effortless," Torre said. "It was meant to be. He landed in my arms." 

Kristen Bramsen, who witnessed Torre catching the falling baby, told the Daily News, "Everyone was going up to the woman and hugging her. I hugged her."

Joe Torre, the former New York Yankee and manager of the team, told the New York Post how proud he was of his daughter for her lifesaving catch.

"No question this ranks right up there with all that's happened to me," Joe Torre told the paper. "Your children, that's your proudest moments and when they are responsible and caring and all that stuff it is a proud moment, especially in today's world where we seem to glorify bad things. I am just so proud of her.''

The baby boy's parents, Tiffany Demitro, 24, and Sam Miller, 23, were asleep when the baby fell from the awning. When police entered their home, they found the couple's 3-year-old girl climbing out the same window that the boy escaped from.

Investigators said that the apartment was a health hazard, with peeling paint, no bedding for the children and a kitchen devoid of food. The parents were charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.  

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