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Joe Torre’s daughter caught a falling baby

Jun 19, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Joe Torre’s daughter, 44-year-old Christina Torre, was walking down the street in Brooklyn when she spotted a 1-year-old baby hanging from a storefront awning.

Here’s what happened next, according to the New York Daily News:

Suddenly, the child dropped–but he landed safely in Torre’s outstretched arms, the sources and witnesses said. “The woman caught the baby,” said Kristen Bramsen, 48. “The baby was shaken. Everyone was going up to the woman and hugging her. I hugged her.” …

Cops later determined that the little boy slipped through a piece of cardboard placed next to an air conditioning unit in the window of the family’s second-floor home, sources said.

Police told the newspaper that the baby’s parents could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and the couple’s three other kids, all of whom are five or younger, were taken by children’s services.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Just heard from a source that MLB is paying Joe Torre’s daughter to testify on behalf of the parents in exchange for their testimony on their PED investigation.

  2. yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Sign that woman up!

  3. cur68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    My worst nightmare: dropping an infant. Nice work, miss.
    /hat tip

  4. alskdh - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Good god. Ofcourse the police have to be involved to complicate things and write nasty charges, AFTER a life was saved.

    • statslady - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      But also after discovering that the other 4 children in the apartment were in physical danger. That baby could have been killed had it not been caught when it fell.

      But it’s incidents such as this that are frequently the first clue that something is very wrong in the physical/emotional environment. Or did you think that the police/social services should be checking every apartment, every home, every store, etc for problems before they occur, and with no reason to do so? Wouldn’t that constitute”unreasonable search and seizure” and therefore, wouldn’t it be illegal?

      Did any part of this occur to you before you displayed your complete and utter lack of common sense in public?

      • Glenn - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Sometimes accidents are just accidents. The parents may be culpable here (I certainly don’t know and neither do any of us), but we are at a point where if something bad happens, we have to assign blame.

      • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Of course, pretty much every study of the efficacy of police intervention and of social services show that they generally are ineffective and more often than not just make a bad situation worse. This happens when people act like something is a good idea, but then fail to properly develop and support the program so that it is under staffed and spread too thin.

  5. shanabartels - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    According to WABC’s story, the apartment that the kid fell out of had no food in the kitchen, no beds, and deplorable conditions. Hence the child’s siblings were also immediately taken out of there. I’m glad Ms. Torre was in the right place at the right time to catch the falling child and I really hope this incident will result in the kids being placed in a stable home. It’s awful to think that there are parents out there who don’t care if their kid falls out of a window and don’t take any precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen. Wow.

    • statslady - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      It’s awful; to think and to understand that there are far too many parents out there who simply do not have the money to take proper care of their children. Why else would someone with young children live in such deplorable conditions? And why else would there be no food in the apartment? After all, there was no mention of any other problems with the parents, so whatever excuse you may want to try to come up with regarding their behaviour is likely wrong.

      • mkd - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Having four kids under five years old but no money to support them with is a pretty good indication that responsibility is not the parents forte.

      • beebopthearcher - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        I grew up the youngest of 11 children in extreme poverty in a small town with no job opportunities.(my father was an often out of work carpenter, my mother cared or the kids). It lived in what can best be described as a two bedroom shack. But you know what? Thanks for programs like food stamps, we always had plenty of food. (And BTW, for any of those clamoring about what a bunch of free loaders we all were, *every* *single* *one* of the 11 kids went to college, have careers and live a pretty comfortable middle class existence…something that could have never happened without government assistance).

        Though I think the way the poor are treated in America is deplorable, food stamps exist for just this reason. There is no excuse to not take every bit of assistance and help you can get to make sure you’re children aren’t hungry. This was clearly not just a case of the “being really poors”. This was also negligence.

      • shanabartels - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        I like how you make all these assumptions about where I’m coming from. I’m not going to tell you my life story here, but trust me, poverty does not preclude people from having parenting skills.

    • Glenn - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      OK, I guess giving the parents the benefit of the doubt was wrong in this case. mea culpa.

    • blabidibla - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      The statistics for kids placed in foster homes are devastating. Hopefully the parents use this as a wake up call and find a way to get their crap together (like get out of NYC, where finding a way out of poverty is near impossible).

      • shanabartels - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        I know ACS is no great savior of children, but these kids deserve better.

  6. shoptaw70 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The old Dave Barry quote seems appropriate here:

    “If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.”

    • daveitsgood - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I miss Dave Barry. What ever happened to him after Night Court ended?

      • dlf9 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Do you mean Harry Anderson?

        But the mention of Night Court will bring the inevitable — and highly appropriate — Craig comment about Markie Post.

      • deepstblu - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Dave Barry is still writing novels and children’s books, and blogging for the Miami Herald.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Harry Anderson DID do a show called Dave’s World, based on Dave Barry’s writings, from ’93 until ’97.

        Wow…I am a fount of useless information.

      • yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        I think you tied that all together pretty nicely.

  7. tanzkommandant - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Remember when Eric Clapton’s nanny was strung out on heroine & his child fell off a building?

  8. daveitsgood - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Yes, I was alluding to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105982/ But thanks for mentioning Markie Post… those were good times.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Children are horrible, but a falling child is not “debris.” You can use debris in landfill.

    • daveitsgood - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      or in a stage production of the the Fantastic Four that violates copyright protection.

  10. dumbhobby - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Good catch. Too bad the situation for the family was crappy, but it isn’t going to help the kids to rip apart the family.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Huh? What would help – for the kid to miss the awning on the way down next time?

      • blabidibla - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        Have you seen the statistics on foster kids? Not saying it shouldn’t ever be done, but tearing a family apart is rarely the best solution.

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      What “statistics” are you talking about? What do you consider “foster” kids? Adopted? Placed with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles or temporary guardians? And how, pray tell, do you formulate alternative statistics – based on what circumstances? Families left intact – defined how?

      A family left in that condition – with dysfunctional parents who don’t give a flying crap – isn’t going to be “helped” by being left together in neglect and squalor. What should we do – wait until one dies of malnutrition or falling out a window or gets beaten to death or drifts off into drug use, prostitution or gang life? At a certain point – and this so-called “family” certainly sounds like it’s reached that point – “ripping apart a family” to save the kids from damage is the only solution. In the name of what greater good do you leave them there in harm’s way?

      • auminer96 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        I agree, OG. My best friend adopted a 2 year old girl who was removed from her family by social services. The girl never went through the foster system…she just went straight to my friend and six months later, the adoption was legally finalized. That little girl is so much better off now in a loving family instead of with her biological mother and her revolving-door policy of male “suitors”. The girl was very far behind in her development (in all aspects), but after just a year with my friend, she was above average. It’s amazing what can be accomplished by parents who care.

  11. philliesblow - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Too bad she wasn’t wearing a glove, could have been the top Web Gem of the year.

  12. drewzducks - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    “Been there, done that”…

  13. louhudson23 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    This situation provides a perfect example of how things could always be worse….and I think at this point it is important to be thankful that these children were apparently naturally conceived and that the parents were normal heterosexuals. Just think of the misery the children would endure on a daily basis if their parents were perverted queers….the deplorable conditions in which these these children apparently lived is a small price to pay in order to maintain the sanctity of marriage as god intended(Adam and Eve,not Adam and Steve)…..The children are more important than any liberal agenda….

  14. dumbhobby - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    OG, do you always make all your judgements based on assumptions? I could make a whole lot of assumptions about you and your experience with family and kids, but it could be wrong, so there is no point.

    Knowing the conditions the family were living in doesn’t lead one to understanding the quality of the family unit in the least. Go talk to families in refugee camps and find out if their current living conditions are more desirable than the homes they fled from war zones. To save time i’ll quote what i’ve seen from their mouths ” We’re alive and together”.

    To assume the government made the correct decision without knowing the family is quite a stretch.

  15. bbk1000 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Glad it worked out….

    If your face looks like a catchers mitt I’m assuming you can, well who knows….

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