Toddler tells sitter, ‘I love you,’ after fall


NEW YORK (AP) – A Bronx toddler who tumbled off a fourth-floor fire escape, but was caught by two men passing by, had something special to say to the distraught baby sitter who was watching over him at the time of the accident: I love you, and sorry about all the fuss.

Timothy Addo, 3, took the phone when his mother called the distressed woman on Friday, a friend of the sitter told Newsday.

“He called her this morning and said, ‘Renee, I love you and I’m sorry I went through the window,”‘ said Diane McCants, explaining that the sitter, Carol Baldwin, is known as Renee.

On Thursday afternoon, when she left an apartment window open to take advantage of a surprising winter mild spell, the boy crawled out.

Julio Gonzalez, 43, and Pedro Nevarez, 40, saw the toddler dangling from the fire escape.

“He was hanging on for dear life,” said Gonzalez, a mechanic.

People in the building screamed for help as the boy’s grip weakened. The two men rushed under the window and positioned themselves to catch the child, who dropped and hit Nevarez in the chest so hard he knocked him off-balance. He then bounced out of his arms, and Gonzalez caught him.

Timothy ended up with only a cut on his forehead.

“He’s fine. He’s happy. He’s smiling,” said his mother, Katrina Cosme, 26, who was working at the time of the accident.

Police investigating the case questioned Baldwin, but no charges had been filed as of Saturday, a police spokesman said.

McCants said Baldwin was up all night crying after the boy’s fall and phoned Timothy’s mother at about 3 a.m. Friday, leaving a message. Cosme called back later saying she forgave her for leaving the window open, McCants told Newsday.

The mother then passed the phone to Timothy, who relayed his apology.