An autistic 2-year-old miraculously escaped injury after plunging from a third-story window in the Bowery early Wednesday, police and family said.
Little Jayvin Cruz fell from the living-room window of the the family’s third-floor apartment on Chrystie St. about 1:30 a.m., police said. The tumbling tot’s fall was broken by the flexible metal lid of a trash can on the sidewalk below, witnesses and police said.
There were no child guards on the window.
The boy had been playing in the living room where his father, Norberto
Cruz, was sleeping on the couch, said Jayvin’s grandmother, Carmen Fernandez, 59.
Fernandez said she was awakened by the frantic screams of her daughter, Jayvin’s mother, Vicenta Lengal, 24.
“When I open my eyes my daughter and the the father are running, screaming. I don’t know what happened. so I’m running too, downstairs,” Fernandez said. “I think, 'My God! The baby fell out the window.'"
Earl Boyd, 58, said he was sitting across the street when he heard a loud bang, folllowed by a baby's cries.
“I heard a bang. At first I thought it was a car accident,” said Boyd, adding a man and a woman parked nearby ran over to help after spotting the tot on the sidewalk.
“The baby was lying on the sidewalk crying, but I couldn’t see any blood,” Boyd said. “That (the trash container) broke the baby’s fall. Thank God that was there. That baby would have gone down straight onto the concrete,” Boyd said.
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