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Ex-Yankee manager Joe Torre's daughter catches falling baby

Published June 20, 2013 11:57 am

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New York • The daughter of former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is getting props from her dad for catching a baby boy who had tumbled off a second-floor fire escape in Brooklyn.

Torre said in a statement Wednesday that he was "very proud of my daughter Cristina's actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child."

Torre is now Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations.

"I didn't really know what was going to happen. ... You just move into action — you don't really think about it," Cristina Torre told the Daily News of New York.

She was having coffee at a cupcake shop when bystanders saw the 1-year-old dangling from an awning of a frozen yogurt store next door.

"I'm talking to him saying, 'Don't come down, stay there,'" she said. "He helped himself with his arms. He was dangling. I knew he would be flipping very soon."

She said the child "literally landed in my arms." Torre credited her father for her "good hand-eye coordination."

According to police, the child somehow climbed onto the fire escape. He was in stable condition. The parents were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.