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Baby tumbles from window onto store awning in Bensonhurst

BENSONHURST, BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Shocked pedestrians and store owners looked up Friday afternoon to see a baby lying precariously on a store awning after falling out of the 2nd floor window.

The baby, dressed only in a white, patterned shirt and diaper, was lying on top of the Tenda Tech Inc. awning outside 8015 18th Ave. when workers from a pharmacy across the street noticed and called 911 at 1:52 p.m., according to officials.

Baby Awning

(Photo/ Eric Bokman)

According to a witness, the baby, an 18-month-old girl, had crawled out a side window, through a vent for an air conditioning unit, onto the adjoining roof and then onto the awning.

Side Window copy

The baby somehow managed to crawl out of a side window, onto a the adjoining roof, and down onto the awning. (PIX11/Allison Yang)

Two people waited beneath the awning, arms at the ready, while Qing Chen, who works at the pharmacy, ran into the building.

Baby Saved

Qing Chen, who works across the street in a pharmacy, clambered through the same window the baby did in order to rescue the tot before it fell off the awning. (Photo/ Eric Bokman)

Chen knocked on the door to the apartment above the store and, after telling the child’s mother what happened, he clambered out the same side window, onto the unstable roof and then onto the awning.  The mother had been cooking at the time and hadn’t noticed the little girl was gone.

Ronald Vilca and his girl upright

Qing Chen said he just kept thinking about his own daughter and decided he had to do something. (PIX11/Allison Yang)

Chen, who is also a father, managed to reach the child and bring her to safety.  A family member took the young girl, who was unhurt, to Maimonides Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

Additional reporting by Allison Yang from Bensonhurst.


8 Comments to “Baby tumbles from window onto store awning in Bensonhurst”

    CliffordOtis said:
    July 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Wow, Mr. Vilca, you are a hero and the man of the year!

    Doodlebug2222 said:
    July 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I'm not understanding – there was a hold big enough for him to also crawl through.. the same one the baby crawled through and the parent inside the apartment had no clue – and no knowledge of where their baby was that moment… Interesting.

    These men that rescued the baby really are amazing. Their quick reaction and working together saved this baby. I hope the parents appreciate their child just a tiny bit more now.

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