BY AMANDA GLODOWSKI
What a catch.
Good Samaritan and daughter of former Yankees manager Joe Torre, Cristina Torre, made the catch of a lifetime that will surely make her father, himself an ex-catcher, proud. Torre heroically snatched a one-year-old baby this morning, as it tumbled out of a second-floor window on 92nd Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
“Today I join the community in commending Cristina Torre for reacting so quickly. How lucky we are today that Cristina was in the right place at the right time. Like a true heroine, Cristina was incredibly humble,” said Councilmember Vincent Gentile. “She went right into action.”
According to police sources, the little boy crawled through a window with an unstable air-conditioner, onto the fire escape.
“The opening was not secure,” said Captain Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct.
As the baby began its descent, Torre “saw this and caught the baby as it was coming down,” DiBlasio said.
The baby was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, but “seemed fine,” DiBlasio said, adding, “It could have been a lot worse.”
The parents were arrested, and will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and their four children ages one through five have been removed from the home.
DiBlasio stressed the importance of making sure that windows are secured when there are children in a residence. “Check your windows,” the captain urged, adding that window guards are important and should be installed where mandated by law. In addition, he said, “air conditioners must be secure” so children cannot get out of the home in that way.
With additional reporting by Helen Klein