LifeSaving Catch

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 10:13am

Woman catches a toddler who fell from a fourth floor hotel balcony.

A two-year-old toddler wandered outside a 4th floor room at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites and investigators say she crawled right through the railing.

Deputies say her parents were in their room and friend was supposed to be watching her in another.

Guests sitting at the pool saw her and jumped up from their lounge chairs.

"We heard everybody screaming and just thought they were having a good time at the pool and they all started running towards the first floor on the ground," said Kristell Friesen, a witness to the incident.

The report says that the two-year-old hit the third floor balcony and a tourist was still able to catch her.

The toddler was was uninjured.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is now investigating and looking into how the toddler slipped through the railing, but add there's really only one way to describe what happened.

"Honestly what a miracle to have somebody on the ground able to get to this child. Falling four stories, I can't imagine what we would be talking about today if she wasn't there. In our minds this child clearly has a guardian angel and the guardian angel was there," said Carrie Hoeppner of DCF.

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