New Jersey father tosses newborn from balcony. Officer manages to catch the baby, authorities say.

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Source: Steve Fulop/Instagram

Sep. 20 2021, Published 1:58 p.m. ET

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A New Jersey father dropped his newborn off a building and an officer on the scene was able to catch the baby.

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On the morning of Sept. 18, Jersey City Police responded to reports the man, who police did not identify, was dangling the one-month-old infant and warning he was going to throw the baby from the second-floor balcony.

When the father allegedly carried through with the threat, Officer Eduardo Matute reacted quickly and was able to catch the child, who was taken to an area hospital and later discharged.

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“Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said on Instagram, noting, “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.”

The father now faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, Jersey City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

An investigation into the incident continues.


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