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Baby Falls Off Fourth Floor Balcony Into the Safe Arms of a Stranger

By Meredith Carroll |


An investigation is underway after a toddler fell from a Florida hotel balcony

A family in Florida is counting their blessings after they left their 2-year-old unattended on a hotel balcony and she fell off.

A British tourist who was poolside at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in Orlando spotted the baby dangling from the balcony and ran over to get in position to catch her after she lost her grip.

The little girl plunged four stories, but landed in the arms of the guest instead of crashing to the ground. Her parents were in the hotel room and unaware that she had walked out to the balcony.

“It was a miracle,” said a captain in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The toddler was unhurt from her fall although she was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

No charges have been pressed against anyone, although the Florida Department of Children and Families will conduct an investigation into the incident.

Three words: Ugh. OMG. Phew.

Image: Creative Commons

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About Meredith Carroll


Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Baby Falls Off Fourth Floor Balcony Into the Safe Arms of a Stranger

  1. Perfecting Parenthood says:

    Another example of a super-baby! I wrote a piece on this a while ago called Indestructible Babies: Why Kids Aren’t Easily Injured If that baby were a grown-up falling that far, she would have been a hurtin’ even though her friend was there to catch her. Lucky she was young!

  2. Ri-chan says:

    That reminds me of a childrens book…forgot what its called but this boy catches a little girl falling off a balcony, goes off to be a sea captain, comes back and marries her when they’re grown up.

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