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New Jersey cop catches newborn tossed from second-floor balcony

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A New Jersey police officer has been hailed a hero after he caught a 1-month-old child who was tossed from a second-floor balcony.

Eduardo Matute and fellow Jersey City officers responded Saturday morning to a report of a person “dangling a baby over a balcony” on Rose Avenue, NJ.com reported.

Officer Joseph Casey started organising a fringe to barter with the suspect, who finally dropped the child – however the quick-thinking Matute caught the unhurt little one.

“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

“We especially want to acknowledge the actions & bravery of the negotiator and first-responding PO Joseph Casey, South District PO Eduardo Matute who safely caught the baby after being dropped from a 2nd floor balcony & Incident Commander Capt Michael McKerry. Thank you, Officers!” she added.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop shared a photo on Instagram exhibiting Matute cradling the toddler at a close-by hospital.

“We are lucky to have the men and woman of the JCPD, as every single day I see it firsthand they rise to meet any/all challenges,” he wrote.

The unidentified man was charged with tried homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a kid, Jersey City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione told CNN, including that the investigation is ongoing.

The child, who was taken to the hospital as a precaution, was later discharged, she stated.

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