And then, the even more terrifying sight of a child in free fall.
But what could have been a horrifying tragedy turned into a celebration Wednesday when Montessori school teacher Cristina Torre — daughter of the former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre — caught the 1-year-old after he bounced off an awning.
“I honestly did not feel his weight,” she told CNN Thursday. “It was effortless. He felt light as a feather.”
Torre was hailed as a hero for catching the child, who police say had crawled out onto the fire escape after pushing aside a piece of cardboard covering a hole next to the second-floor apartment’s air conditioner.
The boy’s parents, however, weren’t receiving quite the same reception.
They were awaiting arraignment Thursday on child endangerment charges. Three other children in the apartment, ages 2, 3 and 5 — were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Their 1-year-old son, whose name has not been released, was discharged from Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn hours after the incident, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear where he was Thursday.