Cristina Torre, Joe Torre’s Daughter, Catches Baby Falling From Window
Cristina Torre, daughter of former Yankees manager Joe Torre, saved a baby who fell from a fire escape in Brooklyn Wednesday morning.
Torre, 44, was on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge drinking coffee at a bakery when the boy, Dillin Miller, was spotted hanging from the railing of a fire escape above a frozen yogurt shop nearby. Though Torre tried to get Miller, 1, to hold on, he couldn’t and fell.
Torre didn’t hesitate – she immediately moved to catch Miller with outstretched arms. “I didn’t really know what was going to happen,” she told the New York Daily News. “You just move into action – you don’t really think about it.”
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Though Miller hit his mouth on the awning as he fell, he was otherwise uninjured. Torre caught him easily, and joked that she got her hand-eye coordination from her father, who used to play for the New York Mets. He is currently the executive vice-president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.
When asked about the incident, Torre’s father said that he was proud of his daughter. “The good Lord puts you in a position where you’re there, and a child’s life is in your hands, literally,” he said. “It feels good to me, and I know it did to her.”
Police said that Miller’s parents – Tiffany Demitro, 24, and Sam Miller, 23 – were asleep when the incident happened. Miller’s sisters – aged 2, 3, and 5 – were roaming around the apartment when the police arrived. They even had to save the 3-year-old from also climbing out the window after they had arrived.
The police declared the apartment a health hazard – it lacked bedding for the children and there was no food in the kitchen. The parents were arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment, and the children were taken into the care of the Administration for Children’s Services.
Though bystanders clambered to Torre and called her a hero, she was far more humble. “I’m glad everything worked out and the baby is okay,” she said.
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