SANDUSKY, Ohio - A toddler hanging from the roof after crawling out of his bedroom window managed to come away unscathed after falling into a passerby's arms.
It's a situation that could have ended tragically if not for the quick actions of a good Samaritan.
Police report Jill Harper happened to be driving by the 1300 block of Mills Street in Sandusky, and saw the toddler hanging from the edge of the roof and ran over to help.
According to the police report, the child fell into her arms, and she brought him inside.
"When I caught him I remember thinking oh my God, I caught him," said Harper.
"When I started pounding on the house, that's when he fell, and my hand was pounding. So when he fell, he kind of came back and hit my arm, and then I caught him."
Police said they did not notice any obvious bumps and bruises. The Sandusky Fire Department responded to the scene, looked him over and found no injuries.
Kelsie Hellman, the boy's mother's cousin, signed a refusal form, not wanting him to be transported to the hospital, according to police.
Sandusky police said the boy is currently in the custody of Summit County Children Services. Hellman told police she is trying to gain custody of the boy, whom she has looked after since he was 3 months old. Children Services said the toddler was removed from the home by court order on Friday and a hearing will be held to give the parties involved an opportunity to discuss what is in the best interest of the child.
How did he get out there? Hellman told police she was using the bathroom when the incident happened. She said the boy must have gone around the baby gate she put at the bottom of her stairs, allowing him to get up to his room where the window was left slightly open. The boy then apparently slid through the window, which opens onto the roof.
Meanwhile, Sandusky Police Detective Kevin Youskievicz told News 5, he believes the child could have suffered serious injuries if Harper hadn't acted quickly.
"I can only describe her as a hero, she's a hero," said Youskievicz.
"Everyone says we need heroes, she is one."
According to the report, Hellman said her husband was fixing the window so the boy could not crawl out of it again.