N.J. officer catches baby dropped from balcony; suspect charged

Officer Eduardo Matute managed to catch the 1-month-old just in time

By Cliff Pinckard

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A police officer managed to catch a 1-month-old infant after a man dropped the child from a second-floor balcony, according to reports.

Now the unidentified suspect has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to nj.com. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said the baby was not harmed.

Officers were called to a residence Saturday morning after they received reports the suspect was dangling the baby from a balcony, NBC News reports. The man was threatening to drop the infant, PIX 11 reports.

Police attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but he dropped the baby from the balcony. The child was caught by officer Eduardo Matute, nj.com reports.

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

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