The daughter of former Yankee manager Joe Torre made a heroic catch in Bay Ridge yesterday morning when a baby dropped from a fire escape right into her arms. Cristina Torre was enjoying her coffee at a table outside the Little Cupcake Bakeshop on Third Avenue when she heard screams that a baby was dangling from a fire escape on the second floor. Torre called 911, and as she was on the phone, the baby fell, striking a frozen yogurt shop's metal awning on the way down.
"All of a sudden it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands," Torre, a Montessori school teacher, tells NBC New York. "I was still talking to 911 and I just put out my arms, and literally, it was effortless. It was meant to be. He landed in my arms. It just came naturally as a teacher, to protect a child that was in danger."
Aside from scrapes on his face from hitting the awning, the one-year-old boy was unharmed. Police believe the child pushed a piece of cardboard aside to climb out the window as his parents, Tiffany Demitro, 24, and Sam Miller, 23, slept. Sources tell the Daily News that police removed three other children from the home, ages 2, 3 and 5. Miller and Demitro were arrested on child endangerment charges—sources also tell the News that the apartment had "no bedding for the children and no food in the kitchen."
All NYC apartments where a child 10 years of age or younger resides are required to have window guards. NBC New York reports that after the incident, Wally Davis, the family pastor to the baby and his parents, installed window guards in the apartment. "We're thankful that God put her here at the right second," the pastor said. God did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why such shitty parents are allowed to keep procreating in the first place.