Joe Torre Daughter: Cristina Catches One-Year Old From Building; 'It Was Meant to Be'
Jun 20, 2013 01:58 AM EDT
Yankees legendary manager Joe Torre has seen a multitude of great catches on the baseball field in the Bronx. On Wednesday, his daughter Cristina made one of the greatest catches in the history of New York City, according to NBCNewYork.com,
Cristina Torre saved the life a one-year old toddler who was falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. She noticed the baby after a man rushed into a coffee shop she was in and wanted someone to call 911.
"I quickly got up and looked, and there was a baby kind of straddling the fire escape between the second and the third floor," she recalled.
She dialed 911 and then stood in the correct place just in case the baby fell.
"All of a sudden it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands," said Torre. The child eventually fell, after “hitting an awning on the way down” reported NBC New York, and Torre made the life-saving catch.
"I was still talking to 911 and I just put out my arms, and literally, it was effortless," she explained. "It was meant to be. He landed in my arms."
"I went over to her and I gave her a hug, and I said, 'You're a hero,'" said Kirsten Bramsen one of the people who witnessed the event. "'If you hadn't caught the baby -- I don't even want to imagine.'"
Joe Torre, who is now the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, was very proud.
"The kids are our future and when you get a situation where the good Lord puts you in a position where you're there, and a child's life is in your hands, literally, it feels good to me. I know it did to her," he said
Cristina, who is a school teacher, wanted her experience to be a lesson to parents.
"I hope parents learn from this," she said. "There have to be safety measures put in place to protect the children, because so quick that all this can happen." She said she was most of all “thrilled” the baby was okay.
"We're thankful that God put her here at the right second," said family pastor Wally Davis referring to Cristina. "We thank God for her." Davis has since put in some window guards.
When Cristina caught the baby he was crying. He appeared to be in pain from hitting his mouth as he fell, she suggested. According to authorities the baby is in stable condition.
Twenty-three year old Sam Miller and 24-year old Tiffany Demitro are the baby’s parents. The two were asleep when the child made his way to the window. According to law enforcement, Demitro and Miller have been arrested for acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 and reckless endangerment.
They were not available for comment Wednesday and it is not clear if they have a defense lawyer.
Cristina said her profession made her heroic acts second nature.
"It just came naturally as a teacher, to protect a child that was in danger," she said. "I work with kids every day, and I love them and I want to see them safe."